Home favourite Matsuyama wins Zozo Championship in Japan

Masters winner Matsuyama seals victory with an eagle at the last

Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama after putting in to win the Zozo Championship in Chiba prefecture, Japan. Photograph: Takashi Aoyama/AFP via Getty Images

Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama after putting in to win the Zozo Championship in Chiba prefecture, Japan. Photograph: Takashi Aoyama/AFP via Getty Images

 

Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama won the Zozo Championship in Chiba, Japan, by five shots after carding a final-round 65.Masters winner Matsuyama held a one shot overnight lead from American Brendan Steele, and sealed victory in style with an eagle at the last.

Matsuyama, who became the first Japanese to win a major when triumphing at Augusta in April, had bogeyed the 17th, but birdies at the 11th, 13th and 15th left him in control.

The 29-year-old also eagled the sixth hole in an otherwise solid front nine, which included one bogey at the eighth and seven pars.

Steele finished five shots further back after posting a final-round 66, sitting alongside fellow American Cameron Tringale, who closed with bogeys at the final two holes to finish with a 69.

England’s Matt Wallace carded a final round of 70 to finish in tied fourth place after heading into Sunday’s final round four strokes off the pace.

Wallace birdied the fourth, eighth and ninth holes, but that was after he had bogeyed the first and he also dropped single shots at the 11th and 15th.

Fellow Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, who began the day five behind the leader, posted a second successive level-par round of 70.

Fleetwood finished tied seventh alongside American trio Luke List, Sam Ryder and Collin Morikawa, plus South Africa’s Branden Grace.

Final round scores and totals from Zozo Championship (USA unless stated, Par 70):

265 Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn) 64 68 68 65

270 Brendan Steele 66 68 70 66, Cameron Tringale 67 66 68 69

274 Mackenzie Hughes (Can) 70 68 69 67, Sebastian Munoz (Col) 70 66 68 70, Matt Wallace (Eng) 65 69 70 70

275 Keegan Bradley 70 71 69 65, Tommy Fleetwood (Eng) 67 68 70 70, Branden Grace (Rsa) 72 66 67 70, Lanto Griffin 69 67 73 66, Takumi Kanaya (Jpn) 71 70 68 66, Luke List 69 69 70 67, Collin Morikawa 71 68 67 69, Sam Ryder 68 71 69 67

276 James Hahn 68 69 70 69, Chan Kim 72 66 70 68

277 Tom Hoge 72 70 66 69

278 Shugo Imahira (Jpn) 72 72 66 68, Hiroshi Iwata (Jpn) 63 73 73 69, Matt Jones (Aus) 67 69 73 69, Si Woo Kim (Kor) 69 70 71 68, Kyoung-Hoon Lee (Kor) 70 69 72 67, Alexander Noren (Swe) 68 68 71 71, Henrik Norlander (Swe) 71 72 71 64

279 Wyndham Clark 70 68 70 71, Adam Long 72 67 71 69, Maverick McNealy 73 69 72 65

280 Charley Hoffman 71 72 70 67, Troy Merritt 68 68 76 68, Keita Nakajima (Jpn) 73 69 70 68, Naoto Nakanishi (Jpn) 71 73 73 63, Joaquin Niemann (Chi) 64 71 73 72, Xander Schauffele 70 74 68 68, Adam Schenk 67 72 68 73

281 Jinichiro Kozuma (Jpn) 74 71 71 65, Tomoharu Otsuki (Jpn) 70 71 69 71, Kyle Stanley 70 72 71 68, Yuki Inamori (Jpn) 69 71 73 68

282 Harry Higgs 68 72 70 72, Rikuya Hoshino (Jpn) 69 72 72 69, Ryutaro Nagano (Jpn) 71 71 71 69, Andrew Putnam 73 69 71 69, Shaun Norris (Rsa) 68 72 72 70

283 Rickie Fowler 70 71 71 71, Ryuichi Oiwa (Jpn) 71 70 68 74, Ryan Palmer 72 68 70 73, Pat Perez 70 69 73 71

284 Sung-Hoon Kang (Kor) 74 69 74 67, Chris Kirk 69 70 71 74, Matthew NeSmith 70 72 69 73, Erik van Rooyen (Rsa) 69 69 73 73

285 Bill Haas 71 72 70 72, Ryo Hisatsune (Jpn) 74 70 75 66

286 Brandon Hagy 70 74 72 70, Jhonattan Vegas (Ven) 67 72 73 74, Will Zalatoris 69 76 73 68

287 Kramer Hickok 67 74 70 76, Kazuki Higa (Jpn) 73 75 68 71, Satoshi Kodaira (Jpn) 73 67 72 75, Chengtsung Pan (Tai) 76 73 70 68, Tomoyasu Sugiyama (Jpn) 73 72 73 69

288 Chesson Hadley 71 77 73 67, Tyler McCumber 72 69 71 76, Robert Streb 74 77 67 70, Brendon Todd 72 78 71 67

289 Doug Ghim 71 71 74 73, Naoyuki Kataoka (Jpn) 68 71 78 72, Ryosuke Kinoshita (Jpn) 67 75 74 73, Sepp Straka (Aut) 74 70 76 69, Scott Vincent (Zim) 72 73 72 72

290 Wesley Bryan 75 72 70 73, Roger Sloan (Can) 72 74 71 73

291 Emiliano Grillo (Arg) 74 70 75 72

292 Peter Malnati 75 69 73 75

294 Garrick Higgo (Rsa) 70 78 72 74, Doc Redman 76 67 79 72

297 Ryuji Imada (Jpn) 74 74 73 76

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