Hideki Matsuyama win’s the Zozo Championship by a record margin

Hideki Matsuyama win’s the Zozo Championship by a record margin

Hideki Matsuyama becomes the first-ever Japanese golfer to win the Zozo Championship.

After two years, Japan finally has their very own winner on Japan’s only PGA Tour event – Zozo Championship.
 
Sharing the lead in early stages:
At the start of round four, Cameron Tringale got a score of two under par in his front nine to move -11 whereas Hideki managed only one under par in his front nine to move -11 thus, Hideki was no longer the sole leader of the event as Cameron was sharing the lead with Hideki.
 
Losing the lead:
America’s Cameron, who was chasing his first-ever PGA Tour victory at the Zozo Championship, got a dream start of his back nine as Cameron scored a birdie of his first hole (10) to move -12 and overtake the home-favourite – Hideki, to lead the event by one stroke while Hideki stayed at -11 following a par on the same hole (10). For the first time after round two, a new player (Cameron Tringale) was leading the Zozo Championship.
 
Co-Leader:
After losing the lead on the par-4 10th hole Hideki, made an instant comeback as he made a brilliant left to right birdie putt on the par-4 11th hole to move -12, share the lead with Cameron who scored a par on that hole (11).
 
Becoming Sole Leader:
One hole later, Hideki scored another birdie on the 13th hole to move -13, became the sole leader of the tournament, one stroke ahead of Cameron who was at -12.
Hideki scored a par on the 14th but on the next hole (15), Hideki scored his third birdie of the day, to move -14, increasing the lead to two.
 
Last two holes:
According to Golf Channel, the 17th hole was the fourth most difficult hole in Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club. The hole was difficult for the top two golfers as well, because both Hideki, Cameron missed the fairway, their second shot was even worse as both missed the greens of hole 17, had to play a chip shot to bring the ball back on the greens.

Subsequently, both missed their fourth shot for par, thus both golfers three-putted for a bogey. Hideki, Cameron’s overall score after hole 17 was -13, -11 respectively so, the gap was still of two strokes.
 
On the final hole (18), Cameron scored his second consecutive bogey on the 18th to move -10, share second place with Brendon Steele.
However, Hideki played the 18th hole remarkably well, by scoring an eagle on the last hole to move -15 and win the Zozo Championship.
 
Hideki won the Zozo Championship by a record margin of 5 strokes.

In the three editions of the Zozo Championship, Hideki has the highest margin of victory in the Zozo Championship because the previous two editions were won by 3 strokes (Tiger Woods), 1 stroke (Patrick Cantlay).
 
List of Zozo Championship winners:

Year Winner Total Aggregate Score Par Margin of Victory
2021 Hideki Matsuyama 265 -15 5 Strokes
2020 Patrick Cantlay 265 -23 1 Stroke
2019 Tiger Woods 261 -19 3 Strokes

Leaderboard of top three:
Rank Name Round 4 Score Par
1. Hideki Matsuyama 65 -15
2. Cameron Tringale 69 -10
T2. Brendan Steele 66 -10

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October 24, 2021 - By Dhruv Trivedi

Hideki Matsuyama is keeping the dream alive

Hideki Matsuyama is keeping the dream alive

For the third consecutive time, Hideki Matsuyama has managed to get his round score in the 60s by scoring 68 today, at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, Chiba.
 
Asia’s first-ever Masters Champion, Hideki, is playing in his home country, that too in a PGA Tour event – Zozo Championship.

Hideki is leading the event from Friday after he scored 68 in round two due to which he overtook the leader Hiroshi Iwata to lead the Zozo Championship.
 
On Saturday, Hideki got another round of 68 in round three to remain on the top of the leaderboard at an overall score of ten under 200.
 
Yesterday, Cameron Tringale was the closest golfer to Hideki at -7, today Cameron also scored 68 in round three to move -9, the difference between Hideki, Cameron is still one stroke.
 
The Zozo Championship is a dual sanctioned event between the PGA Tour and the Japan Golf Tour, talking about the Japan Golf Tour, then Hideki has been largely successful on the domestic tour by winning eight times on the Japan Golf Tour including, one victory in his country’s national golf championship – 2016 Japan Open Golf Championship.
 
Nowadays, Hideki doesn’t play a full season on the Japan Golf Tour rather, he plays only a few selected events on the domestic tour. Last season (2019), Hideki played two events – Zozo Championship, Dunlop Phoenix.

After an absence of one year, Hideki is again playing a professional golf event on the Japan Golf Tour, the event is of course the 2021 Zozo Championship.

In the previous two editions of the Zozo Championship, Hideki has achieved results of 2nd, T28 in 2019, 2020 editions of Zozo Championship.
 
Earlier in August, when Japan hosted the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, every Japanese and Asian golf fan had big hopes of Hideki winning the Olympic Gold Medal in Men’s Individual Golf for Japan but to everyone’s surprise, Hideki not only missed the Gold Medal but failed to get a single medal for his country in the Olympics as Hideki finished at tied fourth.

2 months later, after that upset in Tokyo, Hideki has a real chance tomorrow to not only win his 7th PGA Tour event but in front of his home crowd in Japan.

Leaderboard of top two:

Rank Name Round 3 Score Par
1. Hideki Matsuyama 68 -10
2. Cameron Tringale 68 -9

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October 23, 2021 - By Dhruv Trivedi

Avani Prashanth gets a narrow victory on the 11th Leg of Hero WPGT

Avani Prashanth gets a narrow victory on the 11th Leg of Hero WPGT

In the previous week, there was a tight tussle between Amateur golfer Avani Prashanth and the experienced Amandeep Drall for first place in the 10th Leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour, Amandeep won the 10th Leg of Hero WPGT while Avani finished runner-up in that event.
 
Avani was leading the next event of Leg 11 for 36 holes. Avani went to the final round with a one-stroke lead over tied second-placed Amandeep. Both golfers Avani, Amandeep were drawn in the same group, started their third and final round off the first tee.
 
The overall scores of Avani, Amandeep were unchanged after the first nine holes of round three were ended because both got a front nine score of 36 (even par). Avani was still leading the event by one stroke.
 
During the first five holes (10-14) of back nine, Avani scored two consecutive birdies, one bogey to move -3, she extended her lead by one because Amandeep got an even-par score (one birdie, one bogey) on her first five holes (10-14) thus, Amandeep stayed at -1 and was now, trailing the leader by two strokes.
 
On the 15th hole, Amandeep scored a crucial birdie to move -2, bringing back the gap to one, as Avani got an even-par on the same hole (15).
 
That birdie, on hole 15th, helped Amandeep in a big way because on the very next hole (16), the scores were levelled, after Avani gave a bogey on the 16th hole to move -2, Amandeep who scored an even-par on hole 16th was now, sharing the lead with Avani.
 
But Amandeep shared the lead for only one hole because Amandeep gave away a bogey on the 17th hole to move -1, Avani scored an even-par on the same hole (17) to once again lead the event by one stroke.
 
On the final hole (18), Amandeep needed to score a birdie to force Avani for playoffs but it was not to be, because both players Avani, Amandeep scored an even-par on the 18th hole to finish at an overall score of -2, -1 respectively.
 
Avani started round three with a one-stroke lead over Amandeep and won Leg 11 by one stroke because both Avani, Amandeep got similar final round scores of 72.
At last, Avani got her revenge by winning the 11th Leg of Hero WPGT while Amandeep was the overall runner-up.
The 11th Leg of the Hero WPGT was Avani’s second professional golf victory while being an amateur golfer on the tour.

Leaderboard of top two golfers:

Rank Name Round 3 Score Par
1. Avani Prashanth 72 -2
2. Amandeep Drall 72 -1
 

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