Golf roundup: Hideki Matsuyama dominates the field at HSBC Champions
SHANGHAI — Hideki Matsuyama of Japan never gave anyone a chance Sunday, closing with a 6-under 66 to win the HSBC Champions and become the first Asian winner in the 18 years of the World Golf Championships.
It was only fitting Matsuyama won the WGC billed as “Asia’s major.”
The 24-year-old Matsuyama hit his second shot into the water on the par-5 18th hole and still finished with a par, holing an 18-foot putt. That gave him a seven-shot victory over British Open champion Henrik Stenson (65) and Daniel Berger (69).
It was the largest margin of victory at the HSBC Champions, and the largest in a WGC since Tiger Woods won by seven in the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational.
He played his final 45 holes at Sheshan International without a bogey. Matsuyama finished at 23-under 265, one shot away from the tournament record set three years ago by Dustin Johnson. It was the 10th career victory for Matsuyama, who goes to a career-best No. 6 in the world ranking.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Shanshan Feng won the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia to cap a string of high finishes that started with an Olympic bronze medal.
The 27-year-old Chinese star beat Suzann Pettersen by three strokes at TPC Kuala Lumpur, shooting a 4-under 67 after finishing off a third-round 64 in the morning.
Feng won the tournament for the second time to push her LPGA Tour victory total to five. Feng finished at 17-under 267. Wayne native Marina Alex shot a 71 to finish at 7-under (277).
Big day for Pernice Jr.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Tom Pernice Jr. won the first playoff event in PGA Tour Champions history, beating Colin Montgomerie by a stroke Sunday at Sherwood in the PowerShares QQQ Championship.
The 57-year-old Tom Pernice Jr. closed with a 2-under 70, breaking a tie for the lead with Montgomerie with an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-4 14th. Pernice finished with a 13-under 203 total.
Tour leader Bernhard Langer withdrew before the start Friday because of a left knee injury. He tops the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs standings, and had a big enough advantage over second-place Miguel Angel Jimenez that he kept the No. 1 spot without playing this week.
JACKSON, Miss. — Cody Gribble won the Sanderson Farms Championship for his first PGA Tour title, closing with a 7-under 65 for a four-stroke victory.