Red-Hot Matsuyama Takes Hero Title

With all eyes on the return of Tiger Woods, Hideki Matsuyama continues to set the golf world on fire.

Mastuyama won his second straight title and has taken four crowns in his last five starts. His only “miss” in that frame was finishing second in the CIMB Classic October 23.

At Tiger Woods’ hosted event on Sunday, even a pedestrian 73 in the final round couldn’t sour Matsuyama’s weekend as he finished 18-under to defeat Henrik Stenson by two strokes.

Fascinatingly reclusive, Matsuyama acknowledged his hot streak but said little else despite winning among the elites of the game. He is holding steady at No. 6 in the world.

Matsuyama scored a $1 million paycheck for the victory.

Stenson, the Race to Dubai champion for 2016, was down seven strokes at the start of the fourth round. He cut it to six with an eagle on No. 9, and to five when Matsuyama started the back nine with a double bogey.

Things got a bit more interesting when Stenson birdied 14 while Matsuyama bogeyed it to slice the lead to three, and it fell all the way to two on Stenson’s birdie on 16.

A nice chip shot from the back of the green gave Matsuyama the title

Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar finished tied for third at 13-under, five strokes off the pace.


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