PGA Tour: Hideki Matsuyama rushes to a five-shot victory in the Zozo Championship in Japan

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PGA Tour: Hideki Matsuyama won the Zozo Championship on home soil after overcoming a final-round battle with Cameron Tringale.

The Masters champion took a one-shot lead into the final day at Narashino Country Club, but fell behind Tringale with eight holes to play, only to come back with a stunning finish to win his sixth PGA Tour victory.

Matsuyama pulled up three shots in a five-hole stretch on his back nine and nearly holed out for albatross with a stunning approach into the par-five last, setting up an eagle to seal the victory.

The world No. 19 finished the week on 15 under par, five shots ahead of Tringale and Brendan Steele, with England’s Matt Wallace four strokes back in a tie for fourth with Sebastian Munoz and Mackenzie Hughes.

Matsuyama started with five consecutive pars before doubling his overnight lead with a 50-foot eagle at the par-five sixth, where Tringale birdied, while Steele surged up the leaderboard in the group ahead with four birdies in his first seven holes.

The local favourite missed a short putt to salvage par at the eighth and fell one down when Tringale scored back-to-back birdies at the turn, with Steele still a stroke back and still in contention.

Matsuyama reclaimed his lead by holing a long-range birdie at the 11th and converting from 12 feet at the 13th, and a 15-foot gain at the 15th gave him a two-stroke advantage over his playing companion.

Matsuyama and Tringale both failed to get up and down to save par from off the 17th green, before Matsuyama’s 240-yard approach into the 18th hole landed inches from the cup, leaving him with a 10-foot eagle to secure victory.

Tringale bogeyed the par-five 18th to fall into a tie for second with Steele, who made up for missed strokes at the 13th and 16th with birdies at the 14th and 18th to finish the week on 10 under.

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