Ohio, August 6: Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama secured his fifth PGA Tour title in his 100th start in spectacular fashion, closing with a nine-under-par 61 to win the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational by five strokes over Zach Johnson.
Matsuyama’s final round at Firestone included an eagle at the par-5 second hole and seven birdies, three of them coming in the last three holes. The 61 matched the Bridgestone Invitational 18-hole record set by Tiger Woods in the year 2000, matched by Woods in 2013 and Sergio Garcia in 2014.
“I knew standing on the 16th tee that the course-record was 61 and if I birdied the last three, I would tie it … so that’s what I wanted to do,” said Matsuyama.
At the age of 25 years, 5 months and 12 days, Matsuyama became the 25th player in his 20s to win on the PGA Tour this season.
Matsuyama’s win earned him a cheque for US$1,660,000 and saw him regain the No. 1 position in the FedExCup standings by 114 points over Jordan Spieth. This was the second time that Matsuyama won impressively in a World Golf Championships event, following the 2016 WGC-HSBC Champions which he claimed by a record-breaking seven shots.
What’s In Maruyama’s Bag:
Driver: Callaway Great Big Bertha (9°) with Graphite Design DI-8TX shaft
Fairway: TaylorMade 2017 M2 #3 (15°) with Graphite Design DI-9TX shaft
Hybrid: Honma TW727 U19 (19°) with Graphite Design DI-115 Hybrid X shaft
Irons: Srixon Z945 (4-9, P) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts
Wedges: Cleveland Golf 588 RTX 2.0 Precision Forged (52°, 56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts
Putter: TaylorMade TP Collection Mullen
Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV 5