Hideki Matsuyama breaks into world's top 20 on back of win at Memorial Tournament
Hideki Matsuyama has broken into the world's top 20 on the back of his play-off victory at the Memorial Tournament.
Last Updated: 02/06/14 4:37pm
The rising Japanese star, 22, secured his first PGA Tour win in dramatic circumstances as he edged out Kevin Na at the first extra hole having seemingly thrown away his chance with a stuttering finish to his final round at Muirfield Village.
Matsuyama went double bogey-bogey at 16 and 17 to squander a two-shot lead and needed a remarkable birdie at the last to earn himself a play-off.
After Na had found water from the tee, Matsuyama then produced a nerveless up-and-down from off the green to clinch victory and has risen 11 places to a career high of 13th in the world as a result.
Having finished in solo third place, Masters champion Bubba Watson has done enough to climb above Tiger Woods in the rankings, becoming world No 3.
Thongchai Jaidee also came through a play-off to land the sixth European Tour title of his career at the Nordea Masters on Sunday.
Jaidee overcame Scotland's Stephen Gallacher and Victor Dubuisson of France with a birdie at the first extra hole in Sweden after home favourite Henrik Stenson had let his final-round lead slip.
Jaidee jumps 17 spots in the latest round of rankings and now finds himself at 37th in the world, while Dubuisson has moved up to 20th on the back of his performance.
Top 20 in world rankings:
1. Adam Scott 9.21, 2. Henrik Stenson 7.84, 3. Bubba Watson 7.45, 4. Tiger Woods 7.44, 5. Matt Kuchar 7.05, 6. Rory McIlroy 6.90, 7. Jason Day 6.45, 8. Sergio Garcia 6.07, 9. Justin Rose 5.95, 10. Jordan Spieth 5.90, 11. Phil Mickelson 5.57, 12. Jim Furyk 5.43, 13. Hideki Matsuyama 5.24, 14. Zach Johnson 5.17, 15. Dustin Johnson 4.79, 16. Jason Dufner 4.41, 17. Steve Stricker 4.38, 18. Luke Donald 4.33, 19. Jimmy Walker 4.23, 20. Victor Dubuisson 4.22