Hideki Matsuyama flees with the Zozo Championship title

Matsuyama won the Masters in April

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Hideki Matsuyama shot a 65-under, topped by an eagle on the final hole, to record a five-stroke victory Sunday at the Zozo Championship in Chiba, Japan.

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Matsuyama, who won the Masters in April, finished at 15 under 270 to win his first home title at the Narashino Country Club.

It’s the seventh PGA title for the 29-year-old Japanese, who was coming off a disappointing finish at the CJ Cup @ Summit last week. He is now behind KJ Choi in most PGA titles by one Asian player by one.

Matsuyama had an eagle and a bogey in the first nine, but found his rhythm in the last nine by getting three birdies over five holes.

After a bogey at No. 17, Matsuyama sent his second shot at par 5 No. 18 within 12 feet of the hole before nailing the eagle putt.

“It was one of my biggest goals to win in front of the Japanese fans here in this country as well,” said Matsuyama, who finished second behind Tiger Woods in the inaugural Zozo Championship in 2019.

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“Also, in 2019 Tiger won the Masters and then he won the Zozo Championship, so I’m glad I can emulate that too.”

Cameron Tringale, who started the day with a shot behind Matsuyama and led briefly on Sunday, bogeyed the final two holes to finish at 1 under 69 and in a tie for second with 10 under 270 overall.

“Closing the door for real and hitting an incredible second shot (at 18) and making the putt was a storybook,” Tringale said of Matsuyama’s performance.

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His compatriot American Brendan Steele shared second place after shooting a 4-under 66, with two late bogeys making up for six birdies.

Tringale has now finished runner-up four times while competing in his 314th career start.

England’s Matt Wallace (70), Colombia’s Sebastián Muñoz (70) and Canada’s Mackenzie Hughes (67) finished tied for fourth at 274 under par.

Reference-torontosun.com

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