Hideki Matsuyama wins Zozo Championship, claims 1st career PGA Tour victory in Japan

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CHIBA, Japan — Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama had 3 birdies in five holes on the back 9 and eagled the 18th for good measure for a 5-stroke victory at the PGA Tour’s Zozo Championship on Sunday.

It was Matsuyama’s to start with PGA Tour gain in his indigenous Japan, despite the fact that he has experienced only 1 past attempt. In 2019, Tiger Woods won the inaugural Zozo Championship, the initial PGA Tour function in Japan, and final year the match was moved to California thanks to COVID-19 travel limits.

Matsuyama concluded with a 65 and a 15-less than total of 265 at Narashino Country Club. It was his seventh PGA Tour victory.

If there was any doubt, Matsuyama hit a 3-wooden to about 12 feet with his 2nd shot on the par-5 18th and built the eagle putt.

Requested when he believed he had received his household tournament, Matsuyama mentioned through an interpreter: “Most likely my second shot at 18, that was most likely the clincher.”

“It was a person of my most important targets to win in entrance of the Japanese followers below in this region as nicely,” he additional. “So content that I’ll be capable to attain that. Also, in 2019 Tiger received the Masters and went on to gain the Zozo Championship, so I’m glad that I would be equipped to emulate that as properly.”

Americans had been tied for second at 10-below: Brendan Steele shot 66 and Cameron Tringale 69.

Tringale trailed Matsuyama by 2 strokes going to the 18th gap, but the Japanese player’s eagle and the American’s bogey designed it a 5-shot cushion.

“I essential to type of just take a pair pitfalls and unfortunately it failed to pan out, but I played 16 definitely superior holes and, yeah, that was the working day,” Tringale mentioned.

Open up winner Collin Morikawa experienced a remaining-round 69 and finished 10 strokes powering Matsuyama. Tokyo Olympics winner Xander Schauffele shot 68 and was at even par on the event though Rickie Fowler had his 2nd consecutive 71 and completed 3 about.

“It was not rather the very same experience, failed to engage in as properly, but I relished currently being listed here inspite of the lockdown and COVID guidelines,” Schauffele claimed. “I observed some of my family right here, which was seriously neat. I you should not get a large chance to see them, so that was sort of the shining minute for me.”

The PGA Tour’s only stop on the Asia swing attracted only three of the top 20 gamers in the entire world rankings.