October 30, 2016
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
- Hideki Matsuyama is the first player from Asia to win a WGC event. (Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Hideki Matsuyama cruised to a seven-shot victory at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions for his third PGA TOUR title.
Matsuyama led the field in putts per GIR (1.537) with a Scotty Cameron GSS Newport 2 Timeless putter that's been a fixture in his bag setup.
The German Stainless Steel (GSS) that was used to create the head is a pricey material that's costly to mill but has a very distinct feel and crisp sound at impact. Cameron has produced GSS putters in the past for high-profile names, including Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas.
Matsuyama's putter has "Hideki" and "G.S.S." stamped on the two bumpers, and three black cherry bombs in the back cavity. The milling on the face shows signs of wear due to years of use.
In addition to the strong putting performance, Matsuyama went the final 45 holes without recording a bogey. He used an iron and wedge setup that's comprised of a TaylorMade M2 Tour 3-iron, Srixon Z945 blades (4-PW) and Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Precision Forged wedges.
IN THE BAG
Driver: Callaway Great Big Bertha (Graphite Design AD-DI 8TX shaft), 9 degrees
3-wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 (Graphite Design AD-DI 9TX shaft), 15 degrees
Irons: TaylorMade M2 Tour (3-iron; True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT S400 shaft), Srixon Z945 (4-PW; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts)
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Precision Forged (52, 56 and 60 degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts)
Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS Newport 2 Timeless
Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV