Matsuyama Wins By 7 In Shanghai !
Hideki Matsuyama stormed to a 7 shot victory at the WGC-HSBC Champions Tournament at Sheishan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China and became the second Japanese Tournament winner in European Tour history.
Isao Aoki was the first Japanese player to win a European Tour event, winning the European Open in 1983, with a score of -6, finishing 2 shots ahead of Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo and Carl Mason.
Matsuyama, who scored 29 birdies across the four rounds, had started round 4 with a 3 shot lead and kept his challengers at bay as he shot a solid final round of 66 that included 6 birdies and 12 pars to finish at -23, 7 shots ahead of his nearest rival.
Matsuyama has been in great form winning the Japanese Open and the CIMB Classic in the last fortnight, moving him into the top ten of Official World Golf Rankings.
Matsuyama said after his victory: “After winning today my next goal is to win a Major and I’m going to do all that I can to prepare well for that.”
Henrik Stenson was joint second at -16 after shooting a final joint lowest round of the day 65, that included 7 birdies and 11 pars, moving him into first place in the Race to Dubai. American Daniel Berger, also at -16, shot a final round of 69, putting him 1 shot ahead of Rory McIlroy, World Number Three, who shot 66 and American Bill Haas, who shot 69. McIlroy went out in 34 and then made 4 birdies in 6 holes from 11, moving him up the leaderboard and narrowly missed holing his putt for 65 on the last.
Ross Fisher from England, Francesco Molinari from Italy and American Rickie Fowler were grouped at -14 with defending champion Russell Knox and Sergio Garcia at -12. Martin Kaymer finished Par and Bernd Wiesberger -1.
All in all another great week of European Tour golf in Shanghai and a superb win for Matsuyama who is fine form right now.