Mat­suyama wins with big fin­ish

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press Sam Green­wood, Getty Im­ages

AKRON, OHIO» Hideki Mat­suyama warmed up poorly and then turned in the best round of his ca­reer at the Bridge­stone In­vi­ta­tional, a 9-un­der-par 61 that tied the course record and gave him an­other blowout vic­tory in a World Golf Cham­pi­onship.

It was the low­est fi­nal round in four decades at Fire­stone Coun­try Club and led to a fiveshot vic­tory over Zach John­son.

Mat­suyama knew from ex­pe­ri­ence that the course record was a 61 be­cause he was in the same group when Tiger Woods shot a 61 in the sec­ond round in 2013. All it would take was birdies on the last three holes, and like ev­ery­thing else Sun­day, the 25-year-old from Ja­pan made it look easy.

“I knew 61 was the num­ber,” Mat­suyama said through his in­ter­preter. “I was think­ing about that at 16. I knew if I birdied 16, 17, 18, I could get there.”

Kim holds off Shad­off.

I.K. AN­DREWS,

Kim ban­ished the haunt­ing mem­ory of miss­ing a 14-inch putt to win a ma­jor and re­placed it with the sweet­est sen­sa­tion.

Fi­nally, she can call her­self a ma­jor cham­pion.

Staked to a six-shot lead in the Women’s Bri­tish Open, Kim never led any­one get closer than two shots at Kings­barns Links and sealed a vic­tory over Jodi Ewart Shad­off with a hy­brid over the burn to the 17th green. She made nine pars on the back nine and closed with a 1-un­der 71 for a two-shot win.

She fin­ished at 18-un­der 270 to cap­ture the $487,500 prize.

Stroud claims Bar­racuda.

RENO, NEV.» Chris Stroud made an ea­gle on his fi­nal hole to get into a three-man play­off and won with a two-putt birdie on the sec­ond ex­tra hole in the Bar­racuda Cham­pi­onship, his first PGA Tour vic­tory.

Stroud played the fi­nal six holes with three birdies and an ea­gle to earn 20 points in the mod­i­fied Stable­ford for­mat. That got him into a play­off with Greg Owen and Richy Weren­ski, who each birdied the par-5 18th.

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