Thursday, December 2, 2021

Masters champion Matsuyama wins Japan by 5 tos

CHIBA, Japan (NWN) – Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama had three birds in five holes on the trailing nine and finished 18th, which served as a good measure for his five-hit win in the Zozo Championship at the PGA Tour Championship on Sunday.

This was Matsuyama’s first PGA Tour victory in his native Japan, although he had only had one previous attempt. In 2019, Tiger Woods won the first Zozo championship, the first PGA Tour event in Japan, and the tournament was moved to California last year due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Matsuyama finished 65th and 15th under 265 at the Narashino Country Club. This was his seventh PGA Tour win.

If in any doubt, Matsuyama hit the wood triplet about 12 feet with his second blow in 18th par-5 and made the headshot.

When asked when he thought he had won his home tournament, Matsuyama said through an interpreter, “I guess my second chance at 18 was probably decisive.”

“It was one of my biggest goals to win in front of the Japanese fans here in this country,” he added. “I’m so happy that I can do it. Also, Tiger won the Masters in 2019 and then won the Zozo Championship, so I’m glad I can do that again. “

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The Americans tied for second place under 10: Brendan Steele had 66 points and Cameron Tringale 69.

Tringale beat Matsuyama with two shots to hole 18, but the Japanese eagle and the American scarecrow turned him into a five-shot pillow.

“I had to take a little risk and unfortunately it didn’t work, but I played 16 really good holes and yes, that was that day,” Tringale said.

British Open champion Colleen Morikawa finished 69 in the final round and finished 10 strokes behind Matsuyama.

Tokyo Olympics champion Xander Schaufele threw 68 points and was on an equal footing in the tournament, while Ricky Fowler had his second 71 in a row and finished 3 points more.

“It wasn’t exactly the same experience, we didn’t play either, but I liked being here, despite the isolation and COVID rules,” Schaufele said. “I saw some of my family here and it was really cool. I don’t have much opportunity to see them, so it was kind of a bright moment for me. “

The PGA Tour’s only stop on the Asian swing attracted only three of the top 20 players in the world rankings.


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