KUALA LUMPUR – Hideki Matsuyama dropped a place to finish fifth Sunday at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia after shooting a final-round 5-under-par 62.
Matsuyama, who started the day in tie for fourth, carded five birdies without a bogey at the par-72 Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club to finish at 22-under 266. American Justin Thomas won his first PGA tour event at 26 under, carding a 66 on the final round.
“I’m not fully satisfied with five birdies and there’s a sense of wastefulness,” said Matsuyama, who had three birdies in his first five holes on Sunday to temporarily tie for the lead. “I thought I could at least get to 25-under.”
Shutter noise while taking his second shot on No.6 halted the title push, however, as shots began to drop away from the pin. Matsuyama was only able to add to his early birdies at the 10th, and at the 14th hole where he nailed a 2.7-yard putt.
“There weren’t enough (birdies) in the round to win. But there were some parts of the game that went well that I’m pleased with,” said Matsuyama.
“I’ll try to deal with the similar situation better next time. I’ve been made to think I have to build something that won’t crumble even when under pressure.”
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