Hideki Matsuyama, right, of Japan, poses with Tiger Woods after winning the Hero World Challenge golf tournament raising money for the Tiger Woods foundation.
Hideki Matsuyama, right, of Japan, poses with Tiger Woods after winning the Hero World Challenge golf tournament raising money for the Tiger Woods foundation. Lynne Sladky

Matsuyama the hero in Bahamas

GOLF: Hideki Matsuyama has stolen the headlines from Tiger Woods after holding on to win the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

The Japanese golfer had his worst round on the Albany course in the 18-man invitational event but his round of 73 was still enough for him to win by two shots from British Open winner Henrik Stenson.

Woods, in his first tournament in more than 15 months, shot four-over 76 and finished 15th on four under.

He looked tired in his final round but said he was happy to be back playing.

The most dominant player of his generation said he made plenty of mistakes and it was a mixture of rust and fatigue which caused fadeouts in all four of his rounds.

"I made some poor decisions. I hit the ball in some wrong spots,” he said.

"Quite frankly, it feels kind of weird not to be in a cart.

"Getting my legs back, focusing for a long period of time, these are the things I missed for a year-and-a-half.

"I made some birdies, which was nice. I was playing aggressively,” he added.

"But I also made some mistakes.

"I had two sevens. You can't make two sevens.

"It adds up to a high number. On the flip side, I was able to be aggressive. I need to balance it out.”


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