Matsuyama’s stock soars higher in homeland Japan

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Hideki Matsuyama of Japan poses with the trophy after winning the ZOZO Championship at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club on Sunday. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)
Hideki Matsuyama of Japan poses with the trophy after winning the ZOZO Championship at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club on Sunday. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

Highlighted by eagles on hole Nos. 6 and 18, reigning Masters Tournament champion Hideki Matsuyama won the ZOZO Championship by five strokes in his home country of Japan.

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This was his seventh PGA Tour title and second in Asia (first: 2016 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions).

 

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He becomes the fourth Masters champion to win in his home country in the same year since 2011.

Moves to within one shot of K.J. Choi’s total career wins of eight PGA Tour titles, which is the most wins by an Asian player.

 

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In search of his first Tour win, Cameron Tringale posted back-to-back bogeys on 17 and 18 to close out the tournament T2 at 10-under 270 in his first appearance at the ZOZO Championship.

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Brendan Steele posted a final round of 4-under 66 highlighted by six birdies against two bogeys to record his best finish to date in the 2021-22 season.

Matsuyama captured the win in his 201st start at the age of 29 years, 7 months and 29 days.

The five-shot victory is the largest margin (3 strokes/2019 ZOZO Championship/Tiger Woods). His final round 65 also matched the low final round score of 65 by a winner (2020/Patrick Cantlay).

 

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Matsuyama became the second player from Asia to win on the PGA Tour this month (first: Sungjae Im, Shriners Children’s Open).

He becomes the fourth Masters champion to win in his home country in the same year since 2011 (Charl Schwartzel/2011 Joburg Open, Adam Scott/2013 Australian PGA Championship, Sergio Garcia/2017 Andalucia Valderrama Masters).

 

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All five winners on Tour this season have entered the week inside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking, the longest streak to begin a season since 2005 (first 10 weeks).

All three winners of the ZOZO Championship entered the week inside the top 20 in the OWGR (Tiger Woods/10th/2019, Patrick Cantlay/14th/2020, Hideki Matsuyama/18th/2021)
Cameron Tringale (T2/-10).

Tringale now holds four career runner-up finishes (T2/2014 FedEx St. Jude Championship, 2nd/2015 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, 2015 Shriners Children’s Open).

He has made four starts in 2021-22 season; best finish (T11/Sanderson Farms Championship). He entered the week ranked 26th on the FedExCup points list.

Steele enjoyed a career third runner-up finish (2015 The American Express/T2, 2020 Sony Open in Hawaii/2nd). Was chasing a fourth TOUR victory.

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Made 18 birdies through four rounds to rank T2 in the category.

Was making his second appearance in the event after finishing T70 when the tournament was moved to Sherwood Country Club in California.

His best finish in an individual tournament since a T3 in the 2021 The Honda Classic in March. Finished T4 in the 2021 Zurich Classic of New Orleans (with Keegan Bradley).

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