Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama saved his best round for last at the U.S. Open on Sunday, carding a 5-under 65 to finish fourth.
His 3-under 277 for the tournament left him three strokes behind the winner and first-time major champion Matt Fitzpatrick of England.
Matsuyama’s 65 was the lowest round by anyone over the four days at the Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, but it was still not enough to lift the 2021 Masters champion to his second career major after he started the day six shots off the pace.
“I was happy with the birdies, as I wasn’t able to get one on Day 3. I was glad my putts were going in, too,” Matsuyama said.
“I wouldn’t say I played perfectly, but being able to get a score like this was a big confidence boost.”
Fitzpatrick started the final round tied for first with American Will Zalatoris at 4-under and shot a 2-under 68 to finish one stroke clear of the joint overnight leader and Scottie Scheffler of the United States who tied for second.
The 30-year-old Matsuyama sank five birdies in a bogey-free final round. He began his surge up the leaderboard with a birdie on the par-3 sixth, then drained a nearly 15-foot putt on the par-4 seventh for back-to-back birdies.
He shot three more birdies on the back nine to finish one stroke clear of American Collin Morikawa and Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy who tied for fifth.
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