Aug 7th, 2017
Hideki Matsuyama shoots the lights out with a 61
To win the Bridgestone Invitational
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Hideki Matsuyama has gone and shot the lights out with a 61 to walk the Bridgestone Invitational by five shots from Zach Johnson.
He got off to a fast start with an eagle on the second, and added two further birdies to make the turn in 30. He then added a further four birdies on the back nine, with consequetive birdies on the final three holes to card a back nine of 31, and total score of 61.
With not a single dropped shot, and a total of one eagle and six birdies this was sublime golf, and no one could come anywhere near the 25–year–old Japanese player.
We've all known for some time that Hideki was the real deal, but this emphatic victory underlines just how good a player he is.
A whopping nine under for the day, no one else could get close. Zach Johnson, who started the day as joint leader, could only manage a two under 68. Thomas Pieters could only muster a plus one 71 to finish fourth.
And as for Rory, he was T5 with Paul Casey with a one under 69.
Hideki now joins four other players who have shot a 61 at the Firestone during the Bridgestone Invitational, including Tiger Woods, who shot this number in 2013 on the second day of the tournament to go onto win the event for the eighth time and secure his 79th tour victory.
Our cards have now well and truly been marked, as this is Matsuyama's seventh tournament win around the world since February 2016.
DJ and Jordan Spieth will be looking at the World Golf rankings tomorrow, as the World No 3 is now breathing right down their necks.