Rory McIlroy finished joint 11th in Shanghai as Russell Knox marked his World Golf Championship debut by claiming the HSBC Champions title by two shots.
Knox posted a final-round 68 to finish on 20 under par, ahead of American Kevin Kisner (70).
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 McIlroy in the Race to Dubai rankings with two tournaments to go, with McIlroy finishing the Shanghai event jon 14 under having shot 66.
McIlroy 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 Ireland man 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 anyway.
“But it’s getting better. 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.”