Hideki Matsuyama continued his red-hot form in becoming the first Asian player to win a WGC event.
Final Thoughts from WGC-HSBC Champions
These are never easy to win simply due to the who usually plays in them so hats off to Matsuyama. His recent play hardly makes this a surprise but it was hardly a track he had any past successes on over three trips. Last weekend was more proof that if a premium ball-striker gets it going with the putter, it’s lights out! Matsuyama easily qualifies as that.
Hideki Matsuyama (WIN): Second win in three starts worldwide and nothing outside fifth in his last four.
Rory McIlroy (T-4): No surprise here as he’s never finished worse than T-11 on this track; third top four in his last four.
Francesco Molinari (T-6): Last time out he won the Italian Open.
Paul Casey (T-12): Only finish outside of the top 12 in his last five is T-23.
Adam Scott (T-14): Worse finish in his last six Tour events.
Ryan Moore (T-23): Chugging along after his season kicked off with his win at the JDC.
Justin Thomas (T-23): T-8, WIN and another top 25 in three starts to kick off the new season.
Caught My Eye
Emiliano Grillo (11th): Any place. Any time. Anywhere.
Jason Kokrak (T-16): Swam with the sharks this week.
Ross Fisher and Alex Noren, non-Tour members, continued solid form while bounce-back performances from Matthew Fitzpatrick and Thomas Pieters were also noted.