Winning the 2016 PGA Tour HSBC Champions tournament at Shanghai’s Sheshan International Golf Club provided a nice payday for Japanese golfer Hideki Matsuyama.
He lapped the field by seven strokes, finishing at 23 under par 265 on the strength of four rounds in the 60s for the entire event. He was the only of a field of top professionals to post all four round in the 60s and his efforts earned him one of the top prizes on the PGA in terms of money, if not prestige.
Matsuyama takes home $2.18 million for his four days of hitting a little white ball, and then chasing it and hitting it again.
Only about seven tournaments on the PGA Tour exceed the HSBC Champions in terms of the total purse, so if someone were to win just one event per season, this one would be a good candidate.
Matsuyama is the first Asian golfer to win in the 18 years tournaments designated as World Golf Champions have been contested.
So dominant was he that not even a ball in the water by the 24-year-old on the finishing hole had an impact. He could have hit another in there, and another, along with throwing a few clubs into the pond, and still have had a comfortable margin.
Adam Scott did not leave China empty-handed. His nine under par 279 total provided him with $160,000.