HIDEKI MATSUYAMA claimed his maiden PGA Tour title at The Memorial last night despite not having a driver in his bag when facing Kevin Na in the playoff.
The 22-year-old Japanese star, with five victories to his name on his home Tour, snapped his driver on the 72nd hole when requiring a birdie to force extra holes with Na, who surged through the field when posting a Sunday-low 64.
Matsuyama struck his tee shot down the middle of the 18th in excess of 300 yards but appeared disheartened by the shot and slammed his club down, breaking the clubhead of his Srixon ZR 30 driver in the process. It mattered little as he struck a superb mid-iron from 160 yards some 5-feet short of the pin for birdie.
According to Decision 4-3/12, Matsuyama was entitled to replace the club for the playoff since a playoff constitutes a new round but he opted against it.
The Srixon staff player, who started the final round two shots behind two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson, carded an up-and-down round of 69 to match Na's 72-hole tournament score of 13-under, and then made a superb 10-foot par save at the first playoff hole to seal the win.
Hideki Matsuyama: In the Bag
Driver: Srixon ZR 30 (10.5-degree; Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 8TX)
3-wood: Callaway RAZR X Black (15-degree)
Hybrid: TourStage X-UT (19-degree)
Irons (3): Srixon Z 945 (4-9): Srixon Z 925; (PW): Cleveland 588 RTX CB
Wedges: Cleveland CG 17 Tour (54- and 60-degree)
Putter: Scotty Cameron by Titleist SC-GSS
Ball: Srixon Z Star X