SHANGHAI — Martin Kaymer was five shots behind and going nowhere Sunday, making nothing but pars when he needed much more to give himself a chance in the HSBC Champions.
From a deep bunker in front of the seventh green, he holed the sand shot for birdie.
That was the start of an amazing finish for Kaymer, who ran off nine birdies over the last 12 holes to blow past Fredrik Jacobson and a host of stars on his way to 9-under 63 and a three-shot victory at Sheshan International.
"I didn't miss a lot of golf shots," Kaymer said.
It's a wonder he didn't birdie them all. He missed a 3-foot birdie putt on the ninth and failed to birdie the par-5 14th and the 16th hole that plays about 288 yards and can be reached with a 3-wood.
Kaymer wound up setting two World Golf Championship records that showed just how well the "Germanator" played on a cool, overcast day in Shanghai. It was the largest comeback (five shots) in the final round, and his 63 was the lowest final round by a winner since this series began in 1999.
"I just played really good golf, and I'm glad that it came together," Kaymer said. "Because the last few weeks, I played good golf but it has not happened yet. And this week, it was nice that it happened here, the World Golf Championship event."
Kaymer finished at 20-under 268 and earned $1.2 million, moving to second on the European Tour money list and to No. 4 in the world ranking.
CHAMPIONS: Jay Don Blake won the Charles Schwab Championship in San Francisco for his second win this season after a 20-year drought, and Tom Lehman took the season points title and $1 million annuity.
Blake closed with par 71 for a two-stroke victory in the tour's season finale. He finished at 8-under 276. Mark Calcavecchia (69), Loren Roberts (70), Michael Allen (71) and Jay Haas (71) tied for second.
Lehman shot 72 to tie for 18th at 2 over, enough to hold off Calcavecchia by 74 points.
LPGA: Japan's Momoko Ueda won the Mizuno Classic in Shima, Japan, for the second time in five seasons, beating China's Shanshan Feng with a 15-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a playoff. Ueda closed with 3-under 69 to match Feng at 16-under 200. Tampa resident Kristy McPherson shot 71 to finish at 2 under, and Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse shot 73 to finish 2 over.