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On Golf: Japan’s Best Golfer? With a Smile, Hideki Matsuyama Begs to Differ

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Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama captured a two-stroke victory over Sweden’s Henrik Stenson on Sunday at the Hero World Challenge, his third consecutive title and his fourth in his past five starts.

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NASSAU, the Bahamas — The Hero World Challenge is held in a luxury oceanfront resort community where the fish are as plentiful as birdies. But for Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, it perhaps got lost in translation that the tournament is not an official PGA Tour event and not meant to be agonized over.

After finishing his Wednesday pro-am round, Matsuyama was the last player on the practice green. The overtime work that Matsuyama put in paid off. He used his putter to seal a two-stroke victory over Sweden’s Henrik Stenson at Albany Golf Club for his third consecutive title and his fourth in his past five starts.

Matsuyama, 24, has quietly put together a closing stretch that calls to mind Tiger Woods’s performance at the same age. Since his fifth-place finish at the Tour Championship in September, Matsuyama has won the Japan Open, placed…

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