Golf-Matsuyama, Japan seeking momentum in the ZOZO championship

File Photo-Tokyo 2020 Olympics-Golf-Men’s Individual-Final-Round 4-Kasumigaseki Country Club-Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture-August 1, 2021. Hideki Matsuyama of Japan reacts.Reuters / Murad Sezer

October 20, 2021

(Reuters) – Asia’s first Masters Champion Hideki Matsuyama is trying to gain momentum in this week’s Zozo Championship in Japan after a late start to the 2022 season, a 29-year-old player said Wednesday. ..

Matsuyama made history last season when he became the first Japanese man to win a major championship after defeating Will Zaratris at Augusta National in April with the One Shot Masters.

However, world number 19 struggled this season, securing only one top 10 finish in the three tournaments he played on the PGA Tour.

“Honestly, I didn’t have much competition last season. I was able to win the Masters I really wanted to win, but overall it was inconsistent, Matsuyama told reporters.

“I was inconsistent at the two events in Las Vegas (this season), so I hope playing well this week will give me momentum.

“I’m hitting, putting, and missing the ball, all of which aren’t at the level I want. I’m having a hard time this week, but I’m here in Japan, so I feel like fighting.”

Matsuyama finished second in the 2019 ZOZO Championship with veteran Tiger Woods.

Two major winners Collin Morikawa and Olympic champion Xander Schauffele will join this year’s event, which will tee off on Thursday.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the $ 9.95 million tournament will return to Japan at Accordia Golf Narano Country Club after the 2020 edition has been moved to California.

(Report by Manasi Pathak in Bangalore, edited by Christian Radnedge)

Golf-Matsuyama, Japan seeking momentum in the ZOZO championship

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