Hideki Matsuyama flew under the radar coming into Sunday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club. Names like Thomas Pieters and Zach Johnson were leading the way to begin the day with Hideki starting two shots back, but it soon became clear that Matsuyama had brought his A game on Sunday, even if he might not admit it.
In the post-round press conference, Matsuyama stated that he was nervous most of the day, because “I was never really sure of my swing”. I think he was the only person who could say that after the display he put on, firing at flags and seemingly making everything that ended up on the green. Even with his trademark one-handed finishes, he wasn’t fooling anyone into thinking he would slip up and lose his five shot lead. Hideki finished with a 61 on Sunday, tying the course record at Firestone and securing his second WGC title in the process. The course record of 61 is shared by Tiger Woods, who set the record four years ago while being paired with Matsuyama at the same event. I guess Hideki was taking notes that day.