German Martin Kaymer shot seven birdies on Sunday in a sensational win at the HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai.
World no. 6 Kaymer finished with a score of 20 under par, three strokes better than Swede Fredrik Jacobson. His final shot in the tournament with a seven-million-dollar purse was a 15-foot birdie putt.
Kaymer’s victory sent him up to second position on the European Tour money list, 1.411 million behind top-placed Englishman Luke Donald.
Jacobson had been on the top of the leaderboard since the second round but he Swede made three bogeys while Kaymer was impeccable and fired a slick 30-footer on the 16th.
Kaymer, 26 opened the season with a victory at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship but then went winless until last week when he battled back to grab the win from Jacobson.
In the meantime, Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell partially rehabilitated himself after a horrid final round of 82 at last week’s Andalucia Masters and made five birdies in to card a five-under 67 in the final round to take third place.
US Open winner McIlroy who was supported by his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki watched his lead shrink after allowing two bogey England’s while world No. 2 Lee Westwood suffered a poor performance with five bogeys to tie for 13th.