Hideki Matsuyama just didn’t win the title on Sunday at the WGC-Bridgestone on Sunday, he grabbed it by the throat and throttled it to submission.
Matsuyama broke the course record by shooting a 9-under 61 to storm up the leaderboard and win the tournament by five strokes, finishing 16 strokes under par. He put a perfect card together with an eagle on No. 2 and seven birdies, including three in a row on 16-18 to slam the door on any competition.
Day Three co-leader Zach Johnson finished second at 11-under. He was 2-under through 11 holes but couldn’t make a move the rest of the way, parring the final seven holes.
Charley Hoffman finished third thanks to a closing-round 66 that got him to 10-under. He was 5-under through 11 holes, but just 1-over the rest of the way. Matsuyama tied the course record held jointly by Jose Maria Olazabal, Tiger Woods, and Sergio Garcia.
It’s his second win of the year, following a victory at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and his fifth on the PGA Tour. He also won the WGC-HSBC Champions in 2016.
It’s been an enormous breakthrough year to date for Matsuyami, who is first on the PGA money list with $7.7349 million for the season. He has finished in the top 10 six times