Hideki Matsuyama repeated Tiger Woods' feat of 2019, adding the ZOZO Championship in Japan to his Masters title from earlier in the year. Take a look at what the Japanese superstar had in his bag.
WINNING SCORE: 15-under-par, 265.
DRIVER: Srixon ZX7 with 9.5° loft, fitted with Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8 TX shaft.
3-WOOD: TaylorMade SIM2 Titanium with 15° loft, with Graphite Design Tour AD TP 9 TX shaft.
5-WOOD: COBRA KING Radspeed Tour with 18.5° loft, with Graphite Design Tour AD TP 9 TX shaft.
IRONS: Srixon Z-Forged (4-iron to pitching wedge), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts.
WEDGES: Cleveland RTX 4 Forged (52°-10°, 56°-8° and 60°-08°), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts.
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron Timeless 2 GSS.
BALL: Srixon Z-Star XV.
- Matsuyama is a regular tinkerer with his equipment, but also a player who likes to keep what he is trying relatively secret. Carrying the majority of the same clubs he used to win The Masters in April, the Japanese star has made a number of changes to his setup, including a new driver and 5-wood. Previously using Srixon’s ZX5 model, Matsuyama switched into the ZX7 recently, the head offering a smaller profile and more penetrating and workable ball flight. Meanwhile, having used a utility iron between his irons and 3-wood at Augusta, the 29-year-old now carries a COBRA 5-wood.
- Part of the development of the Z-Forged irons, Matsuyama is known as a prolific ball striker, with his iron play improved in Japan after a recent run where his game was well below his usual high standard. The World No.12 also uses forged wedges that are only available in Japan from Cleveland Golf, with his 56° and 60° wedges bent to carry more loft than the stamped numbers.
Although appearing much the same as the putter he used to win his first major earlier this year, Matsuyama actually had a different flatstick in the bag this week. Describing a miscommunication with the Scotty Cameron team when sending his normal putter to be refreshed, the seven-time PGA Tour winner revealed on Sunday that he is currently using his back-up model.
- Matsuyama’s win is the third on the PGA Tour so far in 2021 for Srixon golf balls, which had three wins during the 2020-21 wraparound season.
QUOTE: “It was one of my biggest goals to win in front of the Japanese fans here in this country as well. So happy that I'll be able to accomplish that. Also, in 2019 Tiger won the Masters and went on to win the ZOZO Championship, so I'm glad that I would be able to emulate that as well.” – Hideki Matsuyama.