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Rose fights back for stunning WGC-HSBC Champions victory

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Justin Rose produced the biggest comeback of the season to win his tenth European Tour title on a dramatic final day of the WGC-HSBC Champions. The Englishman was eight shots behind World Number One Dustin Johnson - who was six clear at the top of the leaderboard - when he teed off and remained six behind at the turn after playing his first nine holes at Sheshan International Golf Club in level par.

Rose then produced five birdies in a stunning back nine of 31 to get to 14 under after a 67, with Johnson slumping to a closing 77.

Johnson finished in a tie for second at 12 under alongside fellow American and reigning US Open champion Brooks Koepka and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson.

The victory is Rose's second World Golf Championships title after the 2012 WGC-Cadillac Championship which started his run of six consecutive seasons with a European Tour victory - the longest active streak on Tour - and moves him up to third in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex.

Any thoughts of a procession for overnight leader Johnson were quickly forgotten when he got in bunker trouble to drop a shot on the first and then lost his ball off the second tee for a bogey-bogey start.

Rose took advantage of the par five second and when he holed a lengthy double-breaker over the ridge on the third, he was alongside Koepka four shots back.

Johnson failed to record a single birdie all day and made a total of five bogies, while Rose’s flawless back nine, which included five birdies, put him in the driving seat.

Rose played a stunning bunker shot on the 16th to share the lead and he briefly held it on his own after Johnson hit a poor tee-shot and found sand with his second for a bogey.

Stenson joined Rose on 13 under after driving to just short of the green and getting down in two but Rose put his tee-shot on the 17th to three feet and led on his own.

Stenson bogeyed the penultimate hole and Koepka was the only one of the leading contenders to birdie the last for a 71, with Stenson recording a 70 and finishing second at this event for the second consecutive season.

Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello and Americans Peter Uihlein and Kyle Stanley finished at eight under, a shot clear of Brian Harman and two ahead of England's Matthew Fitzpatrick and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger.

Round four results

274 J Rose (Eng) 67 68 72 67,

276 D Johnson (USA) 68 63 68 77, B Koepka  (USA) 64 68 73 71, H Stenson (Swe) 68 69 69 70,

280 R Cabrera Bello (Esp) 68 70 70 72, P Uihlein  (USA) 72 67 69 72, K Stanley  (USA) 71 68 69 72,

281 B Harman (USA) 68 69 70 74,

282 M Fitzpatrick  (Eng) 68 69 72 73, B Wiesberger  (Aut) 71 70 70 71,

283 P Casey  (Eng) 71 72 69 71, T Hatton (Eng) 68 70 71 74, T Finau (USA) 67 72 74 70, J Day  (Aus) 69 74 72 68,

284 P Mickelson (USA) 71 72 74 67, P Cantlay (USA) 68 74 69 73, D Kataoka (Jpn) 71 72 69 72, C Howell Iii (USA) 72 67 71 74, B Grace  (RSA) 74 69 72 69,

285 T Fleetwood  (Eng) 71 70 70 74, W Ashun (Chn) 67 72 73 73, H Tanihara (Jpn) 72 70 74 69, J Vegas (Ven) 70 73 72 70,

286 K Aphibarnrat (Tha) 65 70 75 76, P Perez (USA) 72 69 76 69, D Berger (USA) 68 71 75 72, C Reavie (USA) 69 74 71 72, H Ryu (Kor) 69 73 69 75, P Saksansin (Tha) 73 70 68 75, M Southgate  (Eng) 68 71 74 73,

287 S Chawrasia (Ind) 72 70 73 72, A Levy (Fra) 71 71 71 74, T Olesen (Den) 72 73 69 73, A Noren  (Swe) 72 72 72 71, M Kuchar  (USA) 67 70 72 78,

288 R Henley (USA) 75 68 76 69, J Rahm  (Esp) 72 74 69 73,

289 P Dunne (Irl) 67 73 70 79, M Leishman (Aus) 71 79 68 71, L Wenchong (Chn) 72 70 73 74, R Sterne  (RSA) 73 72 76 68, H Porteous (RSA) 66 74 74 75, G Green  (Mas) 65 74 73 77,

290 Z Xinjun (Chn) 71 77 71 71, R Ramsay  (Sco) 73 71 75 71,

291 R Fox (Nzl) 71 69 75 76, P Khongwatmai (Tha) 69 78 70 74, F Molinari (Ita) 77 71 72 71, X Schauffele (USA) 71 75 74 71,

292 F Zanotti (Par) 73 71 71 77, H Swafford (USA) 70 74 75 73, C Schwartzel  (RSA) 73 70 73 76, L Haotong (Chn) 72 76 71 73, A Scott  (Aus) 72 72 74 74, P Reed (USA) 66 70 82 74, H Matsuyama  (Jpn) 74 74 72 72, L Glover (USA) 71 75 76 70,

293 D Lipsky (USA) 69 70 72 82, J Smith (Eng) 69 73 74 77, R Fisher (Eng) 77 70 73 73, C Kim (USA) 69 72 72 80,

294 B Haas  (USA) 71 73 76 74, S Hend (Aus) 71 68 78 77, W Bryan (USA) 77 72 71 74,

295 A Hadwin (Can) 69 74 79 73, M Hendry (Nzl) 73 75 71 76,

296 M Lorenzo-Vera  (Fra) 71 71 77 77, M Griffin (Aus) 68 77 74 77,

297 D Zecheng (Chn) 71 76 75 75, S Kim (Kor) 71 71 79 76,

299 G Storm  (Eng) 75 74 75 75, T Pieters  (Bel) 75 79 69 76,

300 L Yanwei (Chn) 72 73 77 78,

301 A Hall (Aus) 74 71 80 76,

304 A Dodt (Aus) 74 79 74 77,

308 B Stone (RSA) 78 87 68 75,

311 C Yi (Chn) 74 83 79 75