Mat­suyama cruises to win in Shang­hai

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

SHANG­HAI » Hideki Mat­suyama of Ja­pan never gave any­one a chance Sun­day, clos­ing with a 6-un­der 66 to win the HSBC Cham­pi­ons and be­come the first Asian win­ner in the 18 years of the World Golf Cham­pi­onships.

It was only fit­ting that Mat­suyama won the WGC billed as “Asia’s ma­jor.”

The 24-year-old Mat­suyama hit his se­cond shot into the wa­ter on the par-5 18th hole and still fin­ished with a par, hol­ing an 18foot putt. That gave him a seven-shot vic­tory over Bri­tish Open cham­pion Hen­rik Sten­son (65) and Daniel Berger (69).

It was the largest mar­gin of vic­tory at the HSBC Cham­pi­ons, and the largest in a WGC since Tiger Woods won by seven in the 2013 Bridge­stone In­vi­ta­tional.

Start­ing the fi­nal round with a three-shot lead, Mat­suyama hit his ap­proach into 4 feet for birdie and was on his way. His only dif­fi­cult mo­ment came at the par-3 fourth hole when he went over the green and his chip came out soft, stop­ping some 15 feet short of the cup. Berger had a 10foot birdie at­tempt, set­ting up the po­ten­tial for a twoshot swing that would have cut the lead to two shots.

Mat­suyama holed the putt, then hit an ap­proach up the hill to 4 feet on the next hole for birdie. He poured it on along the back nine with a 35-foot birdie putt on the 13th, a two-putt birdie on the par-5 14th hole and then an­other strong ap­proach out of the rough to the tough 15th that set­tled 3 feet away.

He played his fi­nal 45 holes at She­shan In­ter­na­tional with­out a bo­gey.


KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA » Shan­shan Feng won the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia to cap a string of high fin­ishes that started with an Olympic bronze medal.

The 27-year-old Chi­nese star beat Suzann Pet­tersen by three strokes at TPC Kuala Lumpur, shoot­ing a 4-un­der 67 after fin­ish­ing off a third-round 64 in the morn­ing.


THOU­SAND OAKS » Tom Per­nice Jr. won the first play­off event in PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons his­tory, beat­ing Colin Mont­gomerie by a stroke at Sher­wood in the Pow­erShares QQQ Cham­pi­onship.

The 57-year-old Tom Per­nice Jr. closed with a 2-un­der 70, break­ing a tie for the lead with Mont­gomerie with an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-4 14th and adding a 15-footer on the par-3 15th.


JACK­SON, MISS. » Cody Grib­ble won the San­der­son Farms Cham­pi­onship for his first PGA Tour ti­tle, clos­ing with a 7-un­der 65 for a four-stroke vic­tory.

The 26-year-old rookie started the day a stroke be­hind play­ing part­ners Chris Kirk and Luke List.


DEL­RAY BEACH, FLA. » Juli Inkster won The Le­gends Tour’s sea­son-end­ing Wal­greens Char­ity Cham­pi­onship on Sun­day, clos­ing with a 4-un­der 64 for a four-stroke vic­tory over Pat Hurst.

The 56-year-old Inkster fin­ished at 5-un­der 139 at Sea­gate Coun­try Club.

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