Oct 30th, 2016
Hideki Matsuyama wins WGC
First Asian to take the title
Words: Tim Southwell Photography: Getty Images
Hideki Matsuyama of Japan became the first Asian winner of the World Golf Championship last night as he romped to a seven shot victory over Henrik Stenson and Daniel Berger.
Matsuyama, who rises to World Number 6 with the win, shot a final round 66 (-6) in Shanghai to finish seven shots clear of Sweden's Henrik Stenson and American Daniel Berger, and his total of 29 birdies at Sheshan International was just three short of the PGA Tour record.
He was also just one shot over the 72-hole record score at the Chinese course, finishing on an eye watering -23.
Rory McIlroy also shot 66 to finish tied with American Bill Haas in fourth. Defending champion Russell Knox fell away in the final round, shooting a two-over-par 74 to end up ninth alongside Sergio Garcia.
-23 H Matsuyama (Jap)
-16 H Stenson (Swe), D Berger (USA)
-15 R McIlroy (NI), B Haas (USA)
|-14 R Fowler (USA), R Fisher|