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Matsuyama wins with big finish

Matsuyama wins with big finish

Sunday was one of those days where Matsuyama appeared not to have it.

Hideki Matsuyama turned a awful warm-up into one of the best rounds of his career, matching the course record with a nine-under-par 61 to charge to an emphatic five-stroke victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio on Sunday. You could see it in his demeanor.

"You wouldn't have believed how I warmed up this morning".

Hoffman made an early charge up the leaderboard with four birdies over his first seven holes, but he made two back-nine bogeys and wasn't able to keep pace as Matsuyama tied the course record with a closing 61. "I did hit some good shots, but I was nervous all the way around because I really wasn't sure of my swing today".

It was the lowest final round in four decades at venerable Firestone, and it gave Matsuyama a five-shot victory over Zach Johnson. He has now won five times on the PGA Tour and six of his past 20 worldwide starts.

He looks ready to contend for his first major win next week at the PGA Championship. But it doesn't much compare to trying to adapt to a new country, a new language, a new culture.

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One of the bigger surprises came at just the right time for Matsuyama.

"There's been a lot of different things, " he said.

"We're working well out there today and I'm excited to be with him again next week", McIlroy said.

Staked to a six-shot lead in the Women's British Open, Kim didn't let anyone get closer than two shots at Kingsbarns Links at St. Andrews, Scotland, and sealed victory with a bold hybrid over the burn to the 17th green.

"I was not hitting it good on the range".

Matsuyama is hardly free of media obligations. Matsuyama also returns to the top of the tour's money list.

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That response drew laughter from the Japanese media contingent, and whether Matsuyama was being honest or simply showing a sense of humor is not quite clear. From there, he birdied the last three holes.

The 25-year-old will head to Quail Hollow in North Carolina for the final major of the year, the PGA Championship starting on Thursday, as one of the favourites after top-15 finishes in the previous three majors this year.

Charley Hoffman, fresh off a runner-up finish last week at the Canadian Open, finished third at 10 under.

With seven birdies and a 58-foot chip-in for an eagle on No. 2, Matsuyama made Firestone South just another demonstration of the globalization of the game.

It certainly got the attention of McIlroy, who never could catch up to Matsuyama in Shanghai last fall.

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"Every day I seemed to get closer and closer to where I wanted to be, " he said.


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