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Hideki Matsuyama, who plays primarily on the U.S. PGA tour, won his first domestic event of the year on Sunday, beating Hiroshi Iwata in a playoff to capture the JGTO’s Dunlop Phoenix title.

Matsuyama started the day with a two stroke lead and shot a 1-under-par 70 final round at the par-71 Phoenix Country Club. Iwata began the final day in a tie for seventh, seven strokes back, but scorched the course for a 63 to tie Matsuyama at 15-under 269. Iwata, however, fell apart on the first playoff hole, and Matsuyama saved par to earn a ¥40 million payoff.

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