Hideki Matsuyama didn’t win the championship for the first time in three years and finished third without two hits at 9:30 a.m. on August 31 in the U.S. Tour playoffs.
The second round of the men’s golf U.S. Tour and playoffs took place in Illinois on the 30th, and Hideki Matsuyama, who started at the top of the standings, fell two to the top at 2-under and finished third, failing to win the championship for the first time in three years.
Matsuyama, who started in line for the lead, took his first birdie of the day with his second shot from Rough near the pin at the par-4 second.
I bogeyed the third immediately after, but I made a birdie again at No.6 and finished the first half with a two-under total.
In the second half, he bogeyed his second shot into the bunker at No.11 and then took a birdie on the par-5 15th to put the score back.
Matsuyama made the final round with three birdies and two bogeys, extending his score to two-under, but as the other players increased their score further, they fell two strokes short of the top and finished third, failing to win their sixth championship in three years on the U.S. Tour.
Matsuyama said, “It was a good thing that we were tenacious while we couldn’t control the shots the way we want them to. Shots are important to win. I want to switch to next week’s match and do my best.”
Matsuyama is ranked 10th in the annual points and will play in the final match for the seventh consecutive year, where the top 30 players can advance.
Spain’s Jon Rahm, who is ranked second in the world, and U.S. number one Dustin Johnson, who is ranked No. 1 in the world, finished at 4-under, with Rahm winning the playoffs.