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October 30, 2013 – Hideki Matsuyama, HSBC Champions

SHANGHAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 30: Hideki Matsuyama of Japan with the winners trophy the final round of the WGC - HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club on October 30, 2016 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-11-30-47-amOctober 30, 2016 – Trusting the tour-validated performance of his Srixon and Cleveland Golf equipment, Hideki Matsuyama dominated a strong field with a seven-shot win in the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China. The third career PGA TOUR victory for Matsuyama was a scoring clinic, as he made 29 birdies for the week en route to rounds of 66-65-68-66 and a 23-under-par total. He did not make a single bogey over his final 45 holes and achieved the largest margin of victory in tournament history.

screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-11-17-13-amA native of Japan, the 24-year-old Matsuyama becomes the first Asian-born player to ever win a WGC PGA TOUR event, doing so at the tournament commonly known as “Asia’s Major.”

“Winning today I feel has got me closer to being able to compete a lot better in the major tournaments,” said Matsuyama, referencing the season’s four traditional majors. “And so my next goal is, of course, to win a major, and I’m going to do all that I can to prepare well for that.”

screen-shot-2016-10-31-at-11-16-28-amWith this victory, the 10th global triumph of his professional career, Matsuyama also ties the record for most PGA TOUR wins ever by a Japanese golfer. Besides taking home a $1,620,000 first-place check, he vaults to the top of the PGA TOUR FedEx Cup standings and moves to No. 6 in the Official World Golf Rankings, a career-high position.

This continues an absolutely torrid stretch of play from one of the world’s best players. Two weeks ago, Matsuyama won the Japan Golf Tour’s Japan Open Golf Championship by three strokes, and last week he finished second at the PGA TOUR CIMB Classic in Malaysia.

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