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Matsuyama wins at Firestone with big finish

Hideki Matsuyama, from Japan, tees off on the third hole during the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country C...
Hideki Matsuyama, from Japan, pumps his fist after making eagle on the second green during the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tourna...
Hideki Matsuyama, from Japan, chips in the ball for an eagle on the second green during the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournamen...
Zach Johnson walks over a bridge on the third hole during the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club, S...
Thomas Pieters, from Belgium, takes off his hat after putting on the 18th hole during the third round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament ...
Charley Hoffman tees off on the third hole during the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club, Sunday, A...
Rory McIlroy, from Northern Ireland, lines up his putt on the second green during the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at F...

Hideki Matsuyama, from Japan, tees off on the third hole during the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country C...

Hideki Matsuyama, from Japan, pumps his fist after making eagle on the second green during the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tourna...

Hideki Matsuyama, from Japan, chips in the ball for an eagle on the second green during the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournamen...

Zach Johnson walks over a bridge on the third hole during the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club, S...

Thomas Pieters, from Belgium, takes off his hat after putting on the 18th hole during the third round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament ...

Charley Hoffman tees off on the third hole during the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club, Sunday, A...

Rory McIlroy, from Northern Ireland, lines up his putt on the second green during the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at F...

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Hideki Matsuyama has won the Bridgestone Invitational with the lowest final round in four decades at Firestone Country Club.

Matsuyama birdied his last three holes for a 9-under 61 to erase a two-shot deficit and claim his second World Golf Championships title. Matsuyama also won the HSBC Champions last fall in Shanghai.

He tied the course record held by Jose Maria Olazabal, Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia.

Matsuyama stays at No. 3 in the world, though the 25-year-old from Japan takes plenty of momentum — and pressure — into the PGA Championship next week.

He took the lead with his 15-foot birdie putt on the sixth hole, and no one could keep up with him.

Matsuyama and Dustin Johnson have combined to win the last five World Golf Championships.


Updated : 2021-04-12 01:14 GMT+08:00