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Hideki Matsuyama wins Riviera with 62, becomes Asia's most prolific PGA Tour winner

Hideki Matsuyama wins his 9th PGA Tour title, beating K.J. Choi's record. He overcame back injury and won $4 million.

Hideki Matsuyama's journey to his most recent victory at the Genesis Invitational on Sunday was a long and arduous one, full of struggles and setbacks. Seven years ago, his mentor Shigeki Maruyama told him that the ultimate mark was nine tour wins, a record for most by an Asian-born player. It seemed like an impossible goal, but Matsuyama never gave up on it.

Starting the final round of the Genesis Invitational six shots behind, Matsuyama delivered a record performance, shooting a 9-under 62, the lowest closing round by a winner at Riviera. This performance allowed him to achieve the record that really mattered - he now has nine PGA Tour wins, one better than K.J. Choi of South Korea.

"Reaching nine wins was one of my big goals, passing K.J. Choi," Matsuyama said after his three-shot victory. "After my eighth win, I've been struggling with my back injury. There were a lot of times where I felt I was never going to win again. I struggled reaching to top 10, but I'm really happy that I was able to win today."

This victory was a testament to Matsuyama's resilience and determination. His performance was second only to his 61 in the final round at Firestone in 2017, and it was truly a sight to behold. Matsuyama's exceptional play, including a beautiful fade with a 6-iron from 187 yards into a breeze on the tough 15th hole, showcased his skill and composure under pressure.

The fact that he was able to achieve this feat despite his struggles with a back injury is truly remarkable. Matsuyama's journey to this victory was filled with uncertainty and worry, but he managed to overcome these obstacles and emerge triumphant.

While the absence of Tiger Woods, the tournament host, was a disappointment for Matsuyama, it did not take away from the significance of his win. "To win in this tournament was one of my goals ever since I became pro," Matsuyama said. "After Tiger became the host, that goal became a lot bigger. A little disappointed that I wasn't able to take a picture with Tiger today."

This victory has propelled Matsuyama to new heights, both in terms of his career and his ranking in the world. With the entire major season ahead of him, Matsuyama's win at the Genesis Invitational has set the stage for what promises to be an exciting and successful year for him.

Matsuyama's journey is a testament to the power of perseverance and determination. Despite facing numerous challenges and setbacks, he never gave up on his goal of achieving nine tour wins. His victory at the Genesis Invitational is a reminder that hard work and resilience can lead to great success, and it serves as an inspiration to all those who are facing their own struggles and obstacles.

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