Hideki Matsuyama Wins in Shanghai
Shanghai, China – Twenty-four-year-old Hideki Matsuyama of Japan became the first Asian to win a World Golf Championship event in the eighteen-year history of the series, and he did it in grand fashion. Matsuyama shot a final round 66 to finish at 23 under par (7 shots clear of Henrik Stenson and Daniel Berger who finished tied for second -16). Matsuyama’s 265 total was just one shot shy of Dustin Johnson’s record mark in 2015.
Matsuyama was so impressive at Sheshan International in the tournament that is regarded as “Asia’s Major”, that after starting the final round leading by three, he more than doubled the margin by the finish – where he saved par with an 18 foot putt on the par 5 last (despite going into the hazard on his second shot). Hideki played the final 45 holes bogey free, carding rounds of 66-65-68-66.
With the win, Matsuyama moves to his highest spot in the Official World Golf Ranking at No.6 and takes the lead in the FedEx Cup standings. Since finishing fifth at East Lake, he won the Japan Open, finished runner-up to Justin Thomas last week in Malaysia and now has won the biggest international event in his career at Sheshan.
Rory McIlroy and Bill Haas finished tied for fourth at 15 under par.