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June 01. 2014 8:30PM

Golf Roundup: Matsuyama captures Memorial tournament

Hideki Matsuyama became the fourth Japanese player ever to win on the PGA Tour when he captured the Memorial tournament in a playoff over American Kevin Na in Dublin, Ohio, on Sunday.

Matsuyama, 22, emerged victorious in a wild finish to became the youngest champion of the prestigious Jack Nicklaus-hosted event at Muirfield Village.



He joined a short list of Japanese champions on tour, after Shigeki Maruyama (three wins), Isao Aoki and Ryuji Imada.



Matsuyama won with a par at the first extra hole of the sudden-death playoff.

Earlier, Matsuyama recovered from a double bogey at the par-three 16th and a bogey at the 17th, before sinking a clutch five-foot birdie putt at the 18th to catch Na, who finished two hours earlier.

Matsuyama (69) and South Korean-born Na (64) finished at 13-under-par 275, one stroke ahead of overnight leader Bubba Watson.

Matsuyama turned professional in April of last year and quickly established himself as a world class player, contending for victory at the British Open and winning four times on the Japan Tour.

His Memorial victory came in just his 26th start on the U.S. tour.

LPGA: Lewis new No. 1

Stacy Lewis looked very content Sunday afternoon. And for good reason. She is now the No. 1 player in women’s golf.

Lewis carded a 4-under par 67 to record a six-shot victory at the ShopRite LPGA Classic outside Atlantic City. She finished 54 holes over the Bay Course at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Resort at 16-under par 197. Her margin of victory is the largest tournament history.

The win will elevate Lewis to the top spot in the world rankings when they are revised Sunday night. It will be the second time Lewis has been ranked No. 1 — she held the top spot for four weeks last spring.

The victory was the 10th for the 29-year old and her second this season. She won the North Texas Shootout in suburban Dallas four weeks ago.

It is also her second win at ShopRite, winning here in 2012 Christina Kim was Lewis’ closet pursuer. She finished alone in second place at 10-under 203 after a closing 72 that was marred by a double bogey on the final hole.

It is the closest Kim has come to the winner’s circle since losing a playoff in Toledo in 2010.

Jennifer Johnson, Gerina Piller, Anna Nordqvist and Haeji Kang all shared third place at 10-under 204.

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