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    19 February 2024

    Hideki Matsuyama Stages Impressive Comeback to Claim Victory at Genesis Invitational

    Champion’s “OK” Round Shocks Playing Partner

    The astounding comeback by Hideki Matsuyama left his playing partner questioning whether it was the greatest round he had ever witnessed, only to be met with Matsuyama’s humble assessment of, “Today was an OK round.”

    Starting the final day six shots behind leader Patrick Cantlay at The Genesis Invitational, the Japanese golf maestro dominated California’s Riviera Country Club with a flawless nine-under 62. This stellar performance clinched his ninth PGA Tour title, making him the most successful Asian-born player in tour history.

    While the field struggled with an average score of 70.471 that day, the 31-year-old kicked off his round with three consecutive birdies and went on to sink six more to finish at a remarkable 17-under overall – just one stroke shy of breaking the course record.

    Matsuyama’s spectacular display marked the first time since Phil Rodgers in 1962 that a final-round 62 was achieved at this prestigious venue. American players Will Zalatoris and Luke List were forced to settle for tied-second as they watched in awe.

    His playing partner JT Poston could barely believe his eyes as Matsuyama effortlessly landed back-to-back approach shots within eight inches of the hole on holes 15 and 16 before sinking birdie putts each time.

    “I’m trying to think if that was…seen in person,” remarked Poston after witnessing Matsuyama’s brilliance. “It’s definitely…ever seen on Tour … He hit…But then recovered nicely [and] never even really had …It was impressive.”

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