Matsuyama makes history on his way to Bridgestone Invitational win

Jimmy Walker acknowledges the after finishing the second round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club Friday Aug. 4 2017 in Akron Ohio

Hideki Matsuyama will carry the hopes of a nation into this week's US PGA Championship after blowing away the field to win the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio.

"If I wanted to finish solo second or something like that and not take on any risk, it's a layup", Hoffman said.

McIlroy, who is still searching for his first win this year, will head to Quail Hollow next week for the PGA Championship.

Matsuyama, the first player from Asia to win one of golf's elite WGC titles, added the Bridgestone trophy to the HSBC Champions crown he claimed in October. His 16-under total of 264 put him five in front of two-time major victor Zach Johnson, who closed with a 68 for 269.

Hoffman made an early charge up the leaderboard with four birdies over his first seven holes, but he made two back-nine bogeys and wasn't able to keep pace as Matsuyama tied the course record with a closing 61.

"I played with Tiger four years ago when he shot 61 so I knew 61 was the number today", the Japanese world number three told CBS sports via an interpreter.

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Pieters started the final round tied for the lead, but putting woes led to a disappointing one-over 71 Sunday.

Matsuyama bagged the lowest final round by a WGC-Bridgestone victor and the event's fifth 61 after Sergio Garcia (2014), Tiger Woods (2000, 2013) and Jose Maria Olazabal (1990). I couldn't believe anyone could shoot a 61 on this course. "So I thought I needed to make a few birdies coming in obviously, and I thought the best opportunity was going for it".

Nevertheless, his eagle and three birdies saw him leading when he made the turn.

Charley Hoffman moved to eighth in the U.S. Team Presidents Cup standings with another outstanding result while Canadian Adam Hadwin, who finished tied 5th at Firestone, is projected to move to 10th spot in the International Team Standings in the biggest moves.

American Jordan Spieth also had a solid week in preparation for a tilt at clinching the career grand slam of all four majors after finishing equal 13th at four-under.

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