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World Golf Championship: Russell Knox hails dream victory as rivals close on Rory McIlroy

By Staff Reporter

Published 09/11/2015

Rory McIlroy finished on 14 under in joint 11th place
Rory McIlroy finished on 14 under in joint 11th place

Russell Knox declared his historic achievement "a dream come true" after he marked his World Golf Championship debut by claiming the HSBC Champions title in Shanghai by two shots.

The 30-year-old, a late replacement for JB Holmes, also became the first Scot to win a WGC event as he posted a final-round 68 to finish on 20 under par, ahead of American Kevin Kisner (70).

And Knox said afterwards: "It's incredible. I always hoped (a win) was going to happen but you're just never sure. There's just so many unbelievable players on tours all around the world and to win on this stage is a dream come true. I still can't quite believe it."

Third place was shared between the English duo of Ross Fisher (68) and Danny Willett, who rampaged through the field with a superb round of 62.

It saw Willett close the gap on Rory McIlroy in the Race to Dubai rankings with two tournaments to go. McIlroy finished the Shanghai event joint 11th on 14 under having shot 66.

McIlroy (pictured) will not feature in next week's BMW Masters and if second-placed Willett can claim a top-25 finish there, he will usurp the Northern Irishman in the rankings ahead of the finale in Dubai.

McIlroy said: "I feel like I played well enough to win this week. I just didn't hole enough putts and that's sort of been the story of my season, well, at least, for the last couple of months.

"I feel like every tournament I play, I'm getting a little bit better and hopefully I can continue in that trend and go into Dubai and play well again."

Home favourite Li Hao-tong was among a group of players to finish seventh alongside the United States' Jordan Spieth, who returned to the world number one spot.

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