Matsuyama’s Putting Woes Land Him In 18th

Matsuyama’s putting woes land him in 18thSo many times, Hideki Matsuyama could only look up as if pleading to the heavens. So many times, he could only tilt his head in dejection.
Matsuyama’s hopes of at least contending for the title at the U.S. Open ended when a disappointing day on the greens left him basically where he started the final round on Sunday.

Matsuyama, who started the day seven shots off the lead in 19th place, finished in 18th at 3-over 283 after carding an even-par 70 that included five birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey on the challenging Chambers Bay course.

That left him eight shots behind winner Jordan Spieth of the United States, the Masters champion in April who made it 2-for-2 in this season’s majors.

Nothing symbolized Matsuyama’s erratic day like the par-4 sixth hole, in which he got onto the green in two shots. But after attempting a 20-meter birdie putt, he proceeded to miss a two-meter putt for par, then a 50-centimeter bogey putt.

It marked the fourth straight day his card included a double bogey, and dropped him farther behind the leaders.

Matsuyama contrasted his game with that of playing partner Adam Scott, who shot the low score of the tournament with a 64 and finished fourth.

“My shots were not so different from Adam’s,” Matsuyama said. “But after that, when we were around the greens or putting, there was a huge difference.”