Matsuyama Begins, Ends Day In 5th At Memorial

Matsuyama begins, ends day in 5th at MemorialAfter an initial dip down the leaderboard, Hideki Matsuyama finished the day at the Memorial in the same place he started it.
Matsuyama shot a 2-under 70 in the final round Sunday to finish tied for fifth place at 12-under 276, three shots behind top finishers David Lingmerth of Sweden and Britain’s Justin Rose. Lingmerth won the title in a playoff.

Matsuyama, aiming to successfully defend his lone U.S. PGA Tour title at Muirfield Village, failed to make a birdie over the front nine, and a bogey on the seventh hole dropped him out of the top 10.

But he put on a charge after the turn, carding birdies on four of five holes from No. 11. With three holes left, he was two shots off the lead. “If I could just get one [birdie] ...,” Matsuyama said he thought at the time.

Instead, his title hopes all but ended with a double bogey on the par-3 16th hole after his 9-iron shot off the tee landed in the water. He also put his approach shot on No. 17 well over the green, although he managed to match par.

“I had the mistake on No. 16, but the second shot on 17 really hurt,” Matsuyama said. “I didn’t have faith in my ability to judge distance.”

He closed with a birdie to secure a tie for fifth place with two others.

“I have to feel I have the tools that give me confidence to win here,” Matsuyama said. “I was a bit lacking.”

Matsuyama had been hoping to become just the second player since Tiger Woods won three straight from 1999 to defend his Memorial title on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course.