For the second successive week, Hideki Matsuyama fell agonisingly short in a playoff lottery.
The Japanese reigning Masters champion looked poised to register what a memorable come-from-behind victory at the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational on Sunday but lost in a three-way playoff at TPC Southwind in Memphis to Abraham Ancer, who became the first Mexican to win a WGC title. It was also Ancer’s first PGA TOUR victory.
The defeat came seven days after Matsuyama was also involved in a tense seven-man playoff for the bronze medal at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 which Chinese Taipei’s C.T. Pan prevailed for the podium finish.
Matsuyama started the final round in Memphis some nine shots off the lead and produced a stunning bogey-free 7-under 63 to...