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Matsuyama's stellar finish


Mark Lawrie

19 February 2024

Hideki Matsuyama wins his ninth title

Taking place at the charming Riviera Country Club in California, the Genesis Invitational gave us plenty of golfing thrills over the weekend. Most notably Hideki Matsuyama’s epic charge on the final round to secure himself his ninth PGA Tour victory.

Matsuyama started his final round being six shots off the lead, but a tremendous round of 62 saw him overcome the odds. His back 9 consisted of six birdies alone. The 2021 Masters champion settled on 17-under-par with Will Zalatoris and Luke List finishing in joint second place on 14-under.

With a win now in the bag, Matsuyama is gearing up for this year’s big competitions “I wasn’t striking the ball really well but my chipping and putting was working a lot this week. It’s really important for me to keep this momentum, especially going to Augusta.”

 

Will Zalatoris wins a car

On the second day of the tournament, Will Zalatoris teed his ball up on the par-3 14th hole and seamlessly executed a perfect strike to make a hole-in-one. The flagstick was positioned on the front left of the hole, tucked behind a nasty greenside bunker. Zalatoris’ shot sailed effortlessly over it to bounce twice before rolling tidily into the cup.

Zalatoris and his caddy immediately embraced and high-fives were exchanged with playing partner Sam Ryder. The hole-in-one earned Will Zalatoris a brand new Genesis GV80 and his caddy Joel Stock an electrified Genesis GV70.

The feat was even more admirable considering Zalatoris had learned sad personal news after his opening round “I lost a family member on Thursday. And she was, so she was with me all week. You know, was pretty special on Friday to make the hole-in-one.”

Interestingly, Patrick Cantlay and Will Zalatoris both finished within the top 5 at the Genesis Invitational for 2023 and 2024, maybe the third time will be the charm for one of them next year?

 

Tiger withdraws from the tournament

It’s been a busy time for Tiger.

Not only has he recently released his new apparel brand Sun Day Red, but he also hosted the Genesis Invitational event, and last week was his official return to playing since last April’s Masters.

He carded a one-over-par 72 on the Thursday but withdrew from the tournament during the second round after only completing 6 holes. He was driven back to the clubhouse off the 7th tee where he was given medical attention.

His business partner Rob McNamara confirmed his illness was not related to his long-standing injuries “Ultimately the doctors are saying he’s potentially got some kind type of flu and that he was dehydrated. He’s been treated with an IV bag and he’s doing much, much better and he’ll be released on his own here and soon.”

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