Mat­suyama storms to WGC vic­tory and his­tory in Shang­hai

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

DOM­I­NANT Hideki Mat­suyama made his­tory yes­ter­day when he be­came the first player from Asia to win a World Golf Championships.

The 24-year-old from Ja­pan left a world-class field, in­clud­ing Rory McIl­roy and all four 2016 ma­jor win­ners, trail­ing in his wake as he fin­ished seven strokes clear at the WGC-HSBC Cham­pi­ons in Shang­hai.

The 24-year-old Ja­panese player also be­came the first from the con­ti­nent to win “Asia’s Ma­jor” and he did it in style with a flaw­less fi­nal round of six-un­der par 66.

Mat­suyama was just one shot shy of the record 72-hole score at She­shan In­ter­na­tional Golf Club of 24-un­der par set by cur­rent US Open cham­pion Dustin Johnson three years ago.

Mat­suyama fin­ished at 23-un­der par after four stun­ning rounds of 66, 65, 68 and 66 at the par-72 lay­out. Bri­tish Open cham­pi­ons Hen­rik Sten­son and Daniel Berger of the US were tied for sec­ond way back at 16-un­der par.

World No. 3 Rory McIl­roy carded his sec­ond 66 of the week for yet an­other top-five fin­ish as he took fourth place on 15-un­der par.

Mat­suyama, whose to­tal of 29 birdies for the week was just three short of the all-time US PGA Tour record of 32, re­mark­ably did not card a bo­gey after the ninth hole of his sec­ond round on Fri­day, de­spite test­ing damp and windy con­di­tions in the Chi­nese megac­ity.

The in-form 24-year-old is set to rise to as high as No. 6 in the world fol­low­ing his vic­tory. – AFP

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.