CHIBA, Japan — Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama had three birdies in 5 holes on the again 9 and eagled the 18th for good measure for a 5-stroke victory on the PGA Tour’s Zozo Championship on Sunday.
It was Matsuyama’s first PGA Tour win in his native Japan, though he has had just one earlier try. In 2019, Tiger Woods received the inaugural Zozo Championship, the primary PGA Tour occasion in Japan, and final 12 months the event was moved to California because of COVID-19 journey restrictions.
Matsuyama completed with a 65 and a 15-under complete of 265 at Narashino Nation Membership. It was his seventh PGA Tour victory.
If there was any doubt, Matsuyama hit a 3-wood to about 12 ft together with his second shot on the par-5 18th and made the eagle putt.
Requested when he thought he had received his house event, Matsuyama mentioned by means of an interpreter: “Most likely my second shot at 18, that was in all probability the clincher.”
“It was one among my largest objectives to win in entrance of the Japanese followers right here on this nation as properly,” he added. “So joyful that I am going to have the ability to accomplish that. Additionally, in 2019 Tiger received the Masters and went on to win the Zozo Championship, so I am glad that I’d have the ability to emulate that as properly.”
Tringale trailed Matsuyama by 2 strokes going to the 18th gap, however the Japanese participant’s eagle and the American’s bogey made it a 5-shot cushion.
“I wanted to type of take a pair dangers and sadly it did not pan out, however I performed 16 actually good holes and, yeah, that was the day,” Tringale mentioned.
Open champion Collin Morikawa had a final-round 69 and completed 10 strokes behind Matsuyama. Tokyo Olympics champion Xander Schauffele shot 68 and was at even par on the event whereas Rickie Fowler had his second consecutive 71 and completed 3 over.
“It wasn’t fairly the identical expertise, did not play as properly, however I loved being right here regardless of the lockdown and COVID guidelines,” Schauffele mentioned. “I noticed a few of my household right here, which was actually cool. I do not get an enormous alternative to see them, in order that was type of the shining second for me.”
The PGA Tour’s solely cease on the Asia swing attracted solely three of the highest 20 gamers on the earth rankings.