By Matt McCoy
It seemed like a Memorial Tournament no one wanted to win but eventually, 22-year old Hideki Matsuyama did when he parred the first playoff hole to beat Kevin Na. Matsuyama becomes the ninth non-American Memorial Tournament winner and the first from Japan. It is also his first PGA tour win.
Na fired a spectacular 8-under par 64 in the final round to get to 13-under and then watched the leaders struggle down the stretch. Third round leader Bubba Watson seemed in control until he bogeyed 14 and hit his drive out of bounds on the par five 15th, eventually taking a double-bogey seven. Watson finished 12-under, a shot out of the playoff and was third.
World number one Adam Scott birdied 11 to tie for the lead at 14-under, but plugged his drive on the side of the pond on 12. It was unplayable so Scott had to tee off again and ended up with a double-bogey five. He also bogeyed 14, 15 and 16 and played the last seven holes at 4-over par to finish at 10-under, tied with Chris Kirk for fourth.
Matsuyama, meanwhile, had a two shot lead after 15 but hit the water on 16 and double-bogeyed. He then bogeyed 17 and trailed Na by a shot headed to the final hole but birdied to force the playoff, where he eventually won.
Here's some of the post-round reaction.
Following the playoff, Tournament host Jack Nicklaus talked about the crazy finish, and the champion Matsuyama. Click here to listen:
Bubba Watson led most of the way but faded to third. Click here to listen to his thoughts:
World number one Adam Scott was disappointed with his finish. Click here to listen:
Jack with Dave Maetzold and Ray Hustek
Prior to the final round, Jack Nicklaus joined WTVN's Dave Maetzold and Mr. Golf Ray Hustek on Sunday Morning Sportstalk. To listen click here: