Grading the Memorial Tournament
Hideki Matsuyama won the Memorial Tournament after snapping his driver on the 72nd hole.
It's fitting that on the week of the National Spelling Bee, a golfer whose name approximately 1 percent of casual golf fans can spell correctly would win in his first try at the Memorial Tournament.
Language of origin, please? Japanese.
Meaning of the word? Badass.
Could you use that in a sentence? Hideki Matsuyama is a badass.
Matsuyama birdied the final hole at Muirfield Village on all four days of competition (the first ever to do that) and did so on Sunday knowing he needed the birdie to get into a playoff with Kevin Na.
Oh, and he'd just snapped his driver on the tee box at the 18th hole.
He made the birdie, though, and then made par in the first playoff hole to hold off Na.
If you aren't familiar with the name, by the way, you need to hit the books because the kid is going to be a star. Nick Faldo called him a "future megastar" after his triumph on Sunday.
Just 22 years of age and already with three top 20s (and two top 10s) in majors, this is Matsuyama's first win on US soil.
"It's a dream come true to win here at Mr. Nicklaus' golf course" he told CBS' Peter Kostis after the win. "It couldn't be better."
Matsuyama's 69 held off Bubba Watson who shot 72 and Adam Scott who shot 71. It was Na who had the round of the day with a 64 and then waited to watch the leaders finish up.
That finish produced quite a train wreck. Watson nearly hit a dog in somebody's backyard on the 15th hole, Scott shot a 39 (with two birdies) coming in, and Matsuyama...well Matsuyama just hung on for dear life.
Here's how his last six holes went: birdie, bogey, birdie, double bogey, bogey, birdie. His scorecard looked like a child's drawing -- every shape and color was represented.
But as his playing partner Adam Scott knows, it's always best to birdie the last. Matsuyama did and in doing so became the first Japanese-born player under 30 to win on the PGA Tour.
Firsts for Matsuyama: 1st to birdie 18 at the Memorial all 4 rounds, 1st Japanese-born TOUR winner under 30, 1st to win Memorial debut.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) June 1, 2014
A stunning stat, really, when you remember that he's only 22.
"I'm really, really happy," said Matsuyama after winning.
There are lots of other golfers who really, really aren't because Hideki Matsuyama has arrived and he's going to be great.
Here are our grades for the Memorial Tournament:
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