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

Hideki Matsuyama leads on day 2 of Zozo Championship

Hideki Matsuyama leads on day 2 of Zozo Championship

When the Zozo Championship was started yesterday, a total of four Japanese golfers were ranked inside the top 20 after round one was completed, but the second day of the Zozo Championship was completely different because after round two was ended, only two Japanese golfers - Hideki Matsuyama, Hiroshi Iwata are ranked inside the top 20.
 
Surprisingly, these two golfers were leading the opening two rounds of the Zozo Championship as Hiroshi was leading in round one, Hideki now is leading in round two.
 
The overnight leader Hiroshi, who was leading the championship on Thursday but lost his lead on Friday following a round score of 73. Hiroshi at an overall score of four under 136 is ranked tied seventh on the leaderboard.
 
Yesterday, Hideki was ranked tied second and was trailing fellow countrymen Hiroshi by one stroke at -6. Today, Hideki became the new leader after adding two strokes to his scorecard for an overall score of eight-under 132.
 
Second-placed, Cameron Tringale, is the closest player to Hideki at seven-under 133 and he is one stroke behind the leader.
 
There is no 36-hole-cut in the 2021 Zozo Championship thus, all 78 participants will progress to round three and will play all four rounds at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, Chiba.
 
Leaderboard of selected players:

Rank Name Round 1 Score Round 2 Score Par
1. Hideki Matsuyama 64 68 -8
2. Cameron Tringale 67 66 -7
T7. Hiroshi Iwata 63 73 -4

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October 23, 2021 - By Dhruv Trivedi

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