Matsuyama fights off Stenson to win fourth tournament in five starts
Hideki Matsuyama is officially the hottest golfer in the world after fending off Henrik Stenson to win the Hero World Challenge on Sunday at 18-under.
Despite entering the final round with a seven-shot lead, Matsuyama made things interesting on the back nine. Open champion Henrik Stenson surged up the leaderboard with a four-under 68 to finish at 16-under, but Matsuyama did just enough to hold on.
The wind blew steadily all week, but it gusted its hardest on Sunday. Matsuyama started out in control with a bogey-free, two-under front nine, but he double-bogeyed the 10th hole then bogeyed the 14th to open the door for Stenson.
He duly responded with birdies on 14 and 16, but he was unable to birdie the par-five 15th to really take advantage.
Much of the talk entering the week, and rightly so, was regarding Tiger Woods' long-awaited return to competitive golf. He played well, finishing in 15th at four-under, but there may soon be a new king of golf on our hands.
With this win, Matsuyama has now won four of his last five starts, and the fifth event was a runner-up finish. He may sneak into the top-five in the world rankings after this week, and it appears his first major title is on the horizon.
As for Woods, he has already said he wants to get back to playing a full schedule, so expect 2017 to be the year of the Tiger.