FedEx Cup points leader Hideki Matsuyama is anything but complacent heading into the US PGA Tour playoffs with major winners Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth on his heels.
“It has been a really good season, great season for me,” said Matsuyama, whose three tour wins this season include two World Golf Championships titles.
He was again unable to break through for a first major title. Winning the FedEx Cup — and the $10 million bonus that comes with it — would be some consolation for that major disappointment, but Matsuyama said he’s going into the Northern Trust at Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, New York, focused on his game — not the standings.
“It really just begins now, because unless I play well in the next four events, I’m not going to be the FedEx Cup Champion,” Matsuyama said.
The series will culminate with the Tour Championship in September, with the top five in the standings able to claim the bonus with a win in the season finale.
“Of course I want to be in the top five going into the Tour Championship, that’s my goal,” Matsuyama said. “The best way to do that is just to play well.”
Matsuyama, Thomas and Spieth are separated by just 198 points atop the playoff points standings, with world number one Dustin Johnson in fourth.
Thomas, who captured his first major title at the PGA Championship two weeks ago, is also looking ahead rather than back.
“I tried to forget about it as quick as possible,” the…Read More