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By : BGA
Held at Narashino Country Club in Japan, the Masters Champion Hideki Matsuyama managed to a shot a closing 5 under in his final round in front of his home fans to win.
Matsuyama's round included two eagles, his first was on the 6th hole which got his around going and then the last hole to win by 5.
He didn't have his way in his final round as Cameron Tringale, the eventual runner up with Brendan Steele at 10 under caught Matsuyama on the 10th hole. But Matsuyama responded with two birdies of his own on his 11th and 13th to pull away from Tringale and the field.
Matsuyama who is considered an icon in Japan after his win at Augusta National, becoming just the 34th recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award. He is the most successful Japanese player in PGA Tour history claiming his seventh PGA Tour victory today.
“A factor that was going for me was the fans rooting for me and they were behind me,” Matsuyama said after adding another win in Japan to his eight victories on the Japan Tour. The ZOZO moved Matsuyama from 33rd to third in the FedExCup standings.
“If my game scored 10 out of 10 at the Masters, now I would say it scores less than 1,” he said. “I will be struggling this week, but I am here in Japan so I am motivated to be in contention.”
“I’m left with frustration that I wasn’t able to convert the opportunities,” Matsuyama said afterward.