Hideki Matsuyama easily wins the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.
Hideki carded +1 over par 73 in th final round of the Hero World Challenge, but his -18 under par total was still good enough for the trophy;
Hideki recently won the Japan Open, and named some of the great Japanese players;
“There’s been some great golfers in Japan.”
“Just to name a few, Jumbo Ozaki, Isao Aoki, Shigeki Maruyama, Tsuneyuki Nakajima.”
“And to be able to follow in their footsteps is a great honor. And then to come to the PGA TOUR and learn from really the best golfers in the world, it’s really helped my game.”
“I’m grateful for all of their help. But to answer your question, I’m not the greatest golfer from Japan.”
“Jumbo won a hundred times, so unless I win a hundred times, I wouldn’t be greater than Jumbo.”
“Starting next week all my focus and preparation will be for the Masters.”
“Hopefully, along the way I can play well on the PGA TOUR, but the Masters is my next goal.”
Henrik Stenson was second with a -16 under par total, his final round -4 under 68 was decent, but it did not create any pressure on the man in front of him.
Henrik mentioned the eight shot gap at the start of his round;
“I was miles away and it reminded me of the final round at Pinehurst in 2014 when Kaymer was miles ahead and you were just kind of walking in a bit of a vacuum.”
“I started picking up a few shots, made a nice eagle on 9. Then Hideki ended up in a bit of trouble.”
“Unfortunately, I three putted from long range on 10, but I still picked up a shot there and then it was the double swing on 14 when he made a bit of a clumsy bogey and I made a good up and down for birdie.”
“Now all of a sudden it felt like, okay, three back with four to go, there’s an outside chance if I keep on pressing on.”
Matt Kuchar, -2 under 70 today, Rickie Fowler, -3 under 69, and Dustin Johnson, -1 under 71, all shared third place at -13 under par.
Tournament host Tiger Woods could only manage a last round +4 over par 76, for a -4 under total, he was full of praise for Hideki;
“It’s going to give him a boatload of confidence going into next year and he’s going to be one of the top guys to beat for a very long time.”
“Look at his swing, look at his game and look at the body that he has, it’s built for a workload and it’s built to handle the test of time.”
“He’s going to be one of the players that we’re going to have to beat for a long time.”