Matsuyama wins Memorial in playoff over Na

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan and Jack Nicklaus pose with the trophy after the Memorial Tournament...

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan and Jack Nicklaus pose with the trophy after the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 1, 2014 in Dublin, Ohio. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP)

TIM MCKAY, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 8:54 PM ET

Jordan Spieth is widely regarded as the best young player around, but fellow 20-something Presidents Cupper Hideki Matsuyama put himself into that conversation Sunday at the Memorial Tournament.

Matsuyama burst onto the scene last year at Jack Nicklaus’ Muifield Village, where he played well in his first Presidents Cup, but it was a bigger moment this time around as the 22-year-old picked up his first PGA Tour victory in his first season on the tour with a win on the first playoff hole over Kevin Na.

Matsuyama went 2-3 in the International side’s 18.5-15-5 loss to the Americans in the Presidents Cup in his first visit to Muirfield Village, but Sunday he used that experience to his advantage, hanging on long enough to claim victory as most near the top of the leaderboard faltered coming in. That included Adam Scott, with whom Matsuyama was paired during the Presidents Cup.

 


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