Scott Vincent gets his second Japan Golf Tour victory in 21 days

Scott Vincent gets his second Japan Golf Tour victory in 21 days

It’s been hardly three weeks since; Scott Vincent got his first-ever victory on Japan Golf Tour’s Sansan KBC Augusta.
 
Today, Scott won the ANA Open which makes it his second victory on the Japan Golf Tour.
 
Scott scored 72, 63, 69, 66 in four days for an aggregate score of 18 under 270. Scott won the ANA Open by three strokes over second-placed Tomoharu Otsuki.
 
Before getting a victory on the main tour (Japan Golf Tour), the Abema TV Tour was the platform where Scott got his first-ever victory on Japan soil. The event was Abema TV Tour’s Landic Challenge 7.
 
After winning on Japan Golf Tour Organization’s developing tour – Abema TV Tour, Scott got his maiden victory on the main tour by winning the Sansan KBC Augusta in late August.
 
On September 19, Scott increased his win tally to two wins on the main tour and overall, three victories on the Japan Golf Tour Organization (JGTO).
 
India’s Rahil Ganjee misses the cut:
Rahil Gangjee missed the cut, this week in ANA Open, finished at 112 on the leaderboard.
 
Victories of Scott Vincent in JGTO:

No. Year Event Winning Score Margin of Victory Tour
1. 2021 ANA Open 270 3 Strokes Japan Golf Tour
2. 2021 Sansan KBC Augusta 271 1 Stroke Japan Golf Tour
3. 2019 Landic Challenge 7 200 5 Strokes Abema TV Tour

[COVER PHOTO CREDIT: GOLF DIGEST ONLINE]
 

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September 19, 2021 - By Dhruv Trivedi

Hideki Matsuyama win’s the Masters Championship

Hideki Matsuyama win’s the Masters Championship

The 2021 Masters final round was one of the most interesting rounds in major history...
 
One area where Hideki Matsuyama struggled was in finding fairways and the final round jitters made Matsuyama miss the fairway on the first hole for a bogey to move -10 but a birdie on the next hole brought his score back to -11 and before ending his front nine, Matsuyama got two consecutive birdies in final two holes (8 and 9) to move -13 and at this time the closest player to Matsuyama was Will Zalatoris at -9 and like Matsuyama, he also scored 34 in his front nine.
 
Zalatoris was out of contention after scoring two bogeys in the first three holes (10, 12, 13) of back nine to move -7 and the focus was shifted to Matsuyama’s playing partner Xander Schauffele who scored one birdie in his first three to move -7 and share the second position with Zalatoris and Jordan Spieth while, Matsuyama scored even pars on first two holes (10, 11) to stay at -13.


Xander Schauffele (Photo Credit: Reurters).
 
Matsuyama went up-down by scoring bogey-birdie in 12th, 13th hole to remain -13 and Schauffele was completely focused to win the Masters as he added three more birdies from holes of 13th to 15th for four consecutive birdies to move -10 and after Matsuyama completed his 15th hole, Schauffele got more confidence because Matsuyama missed the greens in his second shot and settled for a bogey in 15th.

 
Difficult 16th Hole:

16th Hole of Augusta National Golf Course (Photo Credit: masters.com). 
 
The gap was two strokes with Schauffele at -10 and Matsuyama at -12 and both went to a difficult par-3 16th and the 16th green was protected by the water hazard on the left side.
 
Schauffele was the first player from the two to take the shot and he had the momentum with him so, he decided to target the pin by playing on the left side of the green and Schauffele hit the shot and the ball first bounced on the fringe and instead of falling on the green, the ball fell near the bunker where the slope was and another two bounces into the water and Schauffele moved back to the 16th tee for taking his second shot and this time he misjudged the greens as his ball missed the greens and went to the crowd and took two more shots for a triple bogey.
 
All the hard work of scoring four under par was reduced to just one under par following a triple bogey in 16th and the gap was increased to four strokes and fans thought Matsuyama might miss the greens for a double bogey by playing the attacking game but here, Matsuyama played safe and made a shot on the right side of the green for a bogey.
 
After 16 holes, Matsuyama was at -11 and Schaeffler at -7 and as soon as both ended their 16th hole, there was a loud cheer on the 18th green and it was for Will Zalatoris who saved a par in his final hole (18) for 70 round four finish and a final score -9 had placed him second in the leaderboard and two strokes near Matsuyama.

 

Will Zalatoris (Photo Credit: Associated Press).
 
In the final two holes, both started with a par on the 17th and in the final hole (18) both found fairways from powerful shots and Schauffele took three more shots for par and like Schauffele, Matsuyama also reached the greens in three shots but he missed the par and took a fifth shot for a bogey to move -10.
 
Final Scorecard of Hideki Matsuyama and Xander Schauffele:

Hideki Matsuyama:


(Photo Credit: golflive24.com).

Xander Schauffele:
 
(Photo Credit: golflive24.com).

And Hideki Matsuyama won the Masters by one stroke over Will Zalatoris while Schauffele at -7 finished T3.
 
Leaderboards of top four:

Rank: Name: Round 4 Score: Par:
1. Hideki Matsuyam 73 -10
2. Will Zalatoris 70 -9
T3. Xander Schauffele 72 -7
T3. Jordan Spieth 70 -7


 
Hideki Matsuyama and his caddie with the Masters Trophy (Photo Credit: CGTN).

Matsuyama became the first Japanese golfer to win the Masters at age 29 and in the process, he also became the second Asian to win a Major Championship in men's golf after Y.E. Yang won the 2009 PGA Championship.
[COVER PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS]
 

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April 12, 2021 - By Dhruv Trivedi

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