Hideki Matsuyama breaks through in Ohio
Not even a broken driver could derail Matsuyama’s bid for a first win on the illustrious US tour, with the Japanese 22-year-old making par on the first play-off hole to see off Na in Dublin, Ohio.
Na is now 0-2 in PGA Tour play-offs, also losing in extra holes to Geoff Ogilvy at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson in 2005.
The pair finished level on 13-under overall after 72 holes, with Na’s final round of eight-under 64 catapulting him from the fringe of the top 20 to a winning chance.
But Matsuyama overcame a broken club on the 18th hole, and declined the offer to replace it – opting to use a three-wood on the first play-off hole, and it would prove a masterstroke.
The Japan native made it consecutive rounds of 69 on the weekend, as he and Na kept Bubba Watson at bay, with the two-time Masters champion shooting an even-par 72.
Watson was on track for a seventh career PGA Tour title and his third of the year, before faltering on the 14th and 15th holes at the Muirfield Village Golf Club.
A bogey followed by a double-bogey sapped valuable momentum out of the big-hitting Watson’s game, and he stumbled to a third-place finish.
Tied for fourth were world number one Adam Scott and American Chris Kirk on 10 under.
Scott carded his worst round for the week, a one-under 71, but still earned his seventh top-10 finish of the season.
Steve Stricker and Ben Curtis were tied for sixth on nine under, after the American pair hit respective rounds of four and two under.
Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen was among a group of five players tied for eighth on eight under, after he and American Bill Haas finished their weeks with four-under 68s.
Alongside Olesen and Haas were Americans Luke Guthrie and Brendon Todd, and South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel.
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