Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Flawless Hideki Sets Sights on Major; GOLF

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Flawless Hideki Sets Sights on Major; GOLF

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HIDEKI Matsuyama has set his sights on a maiden major title after maintaining his brilliant recent form with an historic victory in the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

Matsuyama carded a flawless closing 66 at Sheshan International to finish 23 under par and become the first Japanese player to win a World Golf Championships title.

The 24-year-old, who won the Japan Open a fortnight ago and was second in Malaysia last week, finished seven shots clear of Open champion Henrik Stenson and American Daniel Berger.

Rory McIlroy moved to second in the world rankings after sharing fourth place with Bill Haas on 15 under, McIlroy having missed from three feet for a birdie on the 18th in a closing 66.

Matsuyama took a three-shot lead into the final round and was never in danger of being caught after a front nine of 33, with a hattrick of birdies from the 13th making certain of his first European Tour title.

"I was really nervous at the start of the day, but I was able to birdie hole number one," said Matsuyama, whose win lifts him to sixth in the world. …

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