Hideki Matsuyama ties the course record and wins fifth PGA Tour Title with WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Akron Firestone course.
The course record of 61 was earlier made by Tiger Woods in 2013 when Hideki had played with him, he remembered and he conquered.
He made a tremendous 16 under par, leaving behind Zach Johnson (-11). Hideki who had started the final round two strokes back,co-leaders Thomas Pieters & Zach Johnson, found an eagle on the very second hole of the day, chipping it in, and joined them for the lead at 9 under par, on the next hole all three getting birdies kept them tied for the lead.
Before the start of the round, Rory McIlroy was the favorite for winning WGC Invitational, looking at his past track of 2014 where too he was three strokes back entering the final round and had won it, he managed to finish for seven under par for a T-5th position with Paul Casey, Russell Knox & Adam Hadwin.
McIlroy, who is still searching for his first win this year, will head to Quail Hollow next week for the PGA Championship. He has won twice on that course.
Matsuyama, who entered the week ranked No. 3 in the world, now has three PGA Tour wins this season. He started the season with seven worldwide finishes of either first or second, and he has recently started to rediscover that blistering form.
With his signature paused back swing, Matsuyama posed an intimidating figure with his long drives and accurate iron shots. He looks ready to contend for his first major win next week at the PGA Championship.
Charley Hoffman who just last week was a runner up was seen debating with his caddie about a shot from 282 yards on par-5 16th, to take the risk because he was “tired of finishing second”.
Pieters started the final round tied for the lead but putting woes forced a 1-over 71 Sunday. He finished fourth a 8 under.
The winner from past two weeks Jordan Spieth, who had won British Open just last week finished for a T-13th with Adam Scott, Xander Schauffele & Kevin Chappell at four under par.
Defending champion Dustin Johnson who had all eyes on him when he struck hard 439 yards drive finished for T-17th with his score of 3 under par, of which his last day had a four under par on his card, others tied with him were Henrik Stenson, British Open runner up Matt Kuchar, Canadian Open winner Jhonnatan Vegas, Brooks Koepka, Daniel Berger and Bubba Watson.
This week surely looks great with another major on the line PGA Championship.