Hideke Matsuyama, from Japan, wins the Bridgestone Invitational, shooting a final round -9 under 61, equaling the Firestone Country Club South Course record.
Hideke was calmness personified with his final round -9 under par 61 to easily win the Bridgestone Invitational with a -16 under par tournament total, a five shot winning margin. Hideke tied the course record also held by Jose Maria Olazabal, Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia;
“That might be the best round I’ve ever played.”
“This is Firestone Country Club, it’s such a difficult golf course and to play as well as I did here, I’m thrilled.”
“I did hit some good shots but I was nervous all the way around because I really wasn’t sure of my swing today.”
“All I can do is my best. I know a lot of us have tried from Japan to win Majors.”
“Hopefully some day it will happen. I’d like to win one but I’ll get back to work tomorrow morning and hopefully something good will come.”
Zach Johnson, USA. was in second place at -11 under par, a last round -2 under 68 not what he needed, a few missed putts for birdie over the closing holes doing the damage.
Charley Hoffman, USA, finished in third place at -10 under, a creditable -4 under 66 last round, that could have been better.
Thomas Pieters, Belgium, was alone in fourth, a last round +1 over 71 a sad end to his tournament, which he led for some time, a final score of -8 under par a long way from the winner.
In the large group at -7 under was Rory McIlroy, he carded a final round -1 under 69, not a good tournament for a player who boomed 38 out of 42 drives over 300 yards off the tee, with an actual average of 344.6 yards, 1st in the field and strokes gained off the tee at 1.65, also 1st in the field. after 54 holes. Wedge approach shots very average and putting in the same class.