Hideki Matusyama back-pedaled to a 1-over-par 38-35=73 in today's final round of THE PLAYERS to post 9-under 279, down five spots into a two-way T7, six in arrears of champion Jason Day.
Playing with Day in the final twosome, the 24-year-old began the finale four adrift of the would-be-champ after opening his third PLAYERS in 68-71-67. His 67 in R3 was the second-best lap of the day, tied his personal best at TPC Sawgrass (R1/2015), and was one of only six in the red (of 76 players) on a difficult course setup. Matsuyama was sketchy from the outset on Sunday, dropping three shots in his first three holes with bogey at the first and double bogey-5 at the third, both on failed sand saves. For the week, he was just 2-for-11 in that stat (27.27 percent), including just one of six in the finale. To his credit, he played his final 15 holes in three-birdie one-bogey 2-under, but never truly recovered. Matsuyama settles for a personal best at TPC Sawgrass, eclipsing T17 last year, and his fifth top 10 of the season on 13 starts. May 15 - 8:35 PM