ITALIAN Francesco Molinari denied Lee Westwood the perfect end to his perfect week by winning the HSBC Champions in Shanghai by one shot.
Molinari held a single shot lead going into the final day and a fourth round 67 was enough to fend off Westwood, who this time last week was celebrating becoming world No1.
Two shots behind on the par-five 18th, Westwood had the chance to force a play-off but his 25-foot putt for eagle was wide of the mark.
“It was a little disappointing after hitting a five-iron into the last hole,” said Westwood. “I just needed the breaks to win and it didn’t happen. But 18-under-par and nine shots clear of third is never too bad.”
Westwood’s 27-year-old Ryder Cup team-mate Molinari said: “It wasn’t easy. I’m just really proud of the way I played and handled myself. Lee is No1 in the world, and he was playing some fantastic golf. It was a great finish at the end.”
Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy finished third, while the deposed Tiger Woods, whose 281-week reign was ended by Westwood, finished on seven under, tied for sixth.
“Overall I felt like I’ve been hitting well and it’s just a matter of being patient,” said Woods.