DUBLIN, Ohio – Hideki Matsuyama of Japan earned his first U.S. victory and validation as one of the sport’s young stars Sunday with a birdie on the 18th hole to force a playoff and a 10-foot par putt on the first extra hole to win the Memorial.
Matsuyama, a five-time winner on the Japan Golf Tour, had a 3-under-par 69 to match Kevin Na (64) at 13-under 275 through 72 holes of regulation play in the PGA Tour event. Matsuyama, 22, earned $1.116 million.
“I just think you’ve just seen the start of what’s going to be truly one of your world’s great players over the next 10 to 15 years,” said golf legend Jack Nicklaus, tournament founder and host.
Bubba Watson (72) started the day with a one-shot lead and was third at 12 under.
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Ryan Moore (73) of Puyallup tied for 19th place at 5 under. Michael Putnam (71) from University Place tied for 55th at even par. Former Washington Husky Richard H. Lee (69) tied for 57th at 1 over and Kyle Stanley (76) of Gig Harbor finished 74th at 10 over.
• Stacy Lewis won the ShopRite LPGA Classic in Galloway Township, N.J., to take the No. 1 world ranking from Inbee Park.
Lewis closed with a 4-under 67 for a 16-under 197 total and beat runner-up Christina Kim (72), a fellow American, by six strokes. Lewis, 29, earned $225,000.
Park (70) tied for eighth place.
• Tom Pernice Jr. birdied the second hole of a playoff with Doug Garwood to win the Principal Charity Classic, an event on the 50-and-older Champions Tour played in Des Moines, Iowa.
Pernice, 54, closed with a 3-under 69 to match Garwood (71) at 12-under 204. Pernice earned $262,500.
Rick Fehr (72) of Seattle and Kirk Triplett (71), a Pullman High School graduate, were among those tied for 17th at 5 under. Jeff Coston (73) of Blaine tied for 33rd at 3 under.
• Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand won the Nordea Masters, beating Stephen Gallacher of Scotland and Victor Dubuisson of France with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff in Malmo, Sweden.