Hideki Matsuyama of Matsuyama, Japan tied a course record 61 at the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio on Sunday when he won his second career World Golf Championship. Matsuyama finished the tournament at 16-under par and beat two-time major champion Zach Johnson of Iowa City, Iowa by five strokes.
Matsuyama is in the record books alongside 14-time major champion Tiger Woods of Cypress, Calif. Woods shot a second round score of 61 when he won the 2013 World Golf Championship at the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Woods finished up the tournament at -15 and beat 2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley of Woodstock, Vermont and 2016 British Open champion Henrik Stenson of Sweden by six strokes.
Matsuyama's first World Golf Championship came at the 2016 WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai, China. Matsuyama finished the tournament at -23 and beat Stenson and Daniel Berger of Plantation, Florida.
Matsuyama is the current winner of two of the four World Golf Championships. Dustin Johnson of Columbia, South Carolina, who is the world ranked number one golfer, is the current title holder of the other two World Golf Championship events--the World Match Play Championships in Austin, Texas and the World Golf Championship in Mexico.
Matsuyama is currently ranked number three in the world. Jordan Spieth of Dallas, Texas is ranked second. Spieth can make golf history this weekend. With a win at the PGA Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina, he will be the sixth player ever to win the career grand slam. The five golfers who have accomplished the feat are Jack Nicklaus of Columbus, Ohio, Ben Hogan of Stephenville, Texas, Gene Sarazen of Harrison, New York, Woods and Gary Player of South Africa.