World No. 6 Hideki Matsuyama tacked on a 3-under-par 36-34=70 in the final round of the SBS Tournament of Champions to conclude his second appearance (T3/2015) on 19-under 273, good for solo 2nd, three shy of champion and playing competitor Justin Thomas, who shot 69.
The FedExCup leader didn't quite have enough to overcome Thomas, but maintained his lead in the standings with his second runner-up of the season in three starts to go along with his win at the WGC-HSBC. He began R4 two adrift of Thomas after opening in progressively better laps of 69-68-66, but fell to five back at the turn after exchanging two birdies with two bogeys. The 24-year-old, going for his fourth straight worldwide win and fifth in his last six starts, birdied the par-3 11th and pitched in for eagle-2 from 59'7" away at the 14th, climbing to within one after Thomas doubled the 15th. He missed birdie from 9'9" at the 16th, 3-putted the 17th from 28'9" for bogey-5, and matched birdies with Thomas on 18 for the final margin. Matsuyama, who finished 2nd to Thomas at the CIMB Classic 11 weeks ago (also by three), records his third career runner-up in 86 career starts (81 pro). Jan 8 - 8:21 PM