Reigning Masters Champion Hideki Matsuyama achieves a five-shot win at home at the Zozo Championship in Japan … completing the same double as Tiger Woods to cap off a famous season
- Hideki Matsuyama won the Zozo Championship in his native country
- He followed Cameron Tringale with eight holes to play, but produced an excellent finish.
- Americans Triangle and Brendan ranked second in Japan
Tiger Woods marked the first PGA Tour event in Japan by following his Masters victory in 2019 with a victory later that year at the inaugural Zozo Championship.
Now, to the delight of thousands of in attendance, hometown hero Hideki Matsuyama completed the same double with his first home win in five years yesterday to seal a historic season.
“It was one of my biggest goals to win here in Japan during my year as Masters champion and to emulate Tiger as well. That makes me very happy, ”said the 29-year-old, whose victory at Augusta National in April made him the first Asian golfer to claim the green jacket.
Local hero Hideki Matsuyama won the Zozo Chamoionship in his native Japan.
Joint runner-up with fellow American Brendan Steele was Cameron Tringale, who carried his career earnings comfortably through the $ 15 million (£ 10.9 million) mark, the most in history for a man without a win to his Name.
To be fair, the 34-year-old Californian, playing in his 314 event, made a much better punch than the five-stroke margin of victory would suggest. Leading by a hit around the corner, there was little he could do as Matsuyama lit the afterburners with three birdies over five holes.
Tringale trailed by two with a couple of holes to play, then made unsuccessful bets, stumbling over successive bogeys. His opponent, on the other hand, played two glorious shots in the last 12 feet and hit home plate with the eagle putt.
American Brendan Steele came in second with his compatriot Cameron Tringale.
Two Englishmen made the long journey and both finished in the top seven.
Matt Wallace was an encouraging fourth draw in his best result since March, while Tommy Fleetwood had to settle for seventh after stumbling on a bogey, double bogey run from 15th that denied him a spot in the top three.
Joining him, both on the field and in qualifying, was Open champion Collin Morikawa, but Olympic gold medalist Xander Schauffele enjoyed a less fruitful return to Japan, finishing tied for 28th.
England’s Matt Wallace came in fourth, his best result since March
On the European Tour, the final round of the Mallorca Open was played to sad news of the untimely death from cancer of Swede Fredrik Andersson Hed, who won the 2010 Italian Open for a decade on the circuit. He was only 49 years old and leaves behind a wife and two children.
Appropriately, it was a pair of Scandinavians in Denmark’s Jeff Winther and Sweden’s Sebastian Soderberg who fought a duel on Sunday, with the former shooting 70 to prevail by one punch in his first win on the tour. The leading Briton was English fit Laurie Canter, who shot a good 64 for the joint fifth place.