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Monday, October 31, 2016

The Limerick Summary: 2016 WGC-HSBC Champions

Winner: Hideki Matsuyama

Around the wider world of golf: Shanshan Feng won the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia on the LPGA; Tom Pernice Jr. won the PowerShares QQQ Championship, the first event in the new Champions Tour Playoffs; Andrés Echavarría won the Colombia Classic on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; Shingo Katayama won the Mynavi ABC Championship on the Japan Golf Tour; Supamas Sangchan won the Sanya Ladies Open on the LET; and rookie Cody Gribble won the Sanderson Farms Championship, the PGA Tour's alternate field event.

Hideki Matsuyama with WGC trophy and many fans

It may be the biggest moment yet in Japanese men's golf, but it's probably only a taste of what is yet to come.

Hideki Matsuyama not only won the biggest event of his career -- the WGC that is sometimes called "Asia's major" -- but he did it in dominating fashion. I mean, winning by seven strokes is never a small thing, but Hideki did it over World #2 Dustin Johnson, World #3 Rory McIlroy, and World #5-9 (Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Danny Willett).

And that's not counting all the other top players who were there. Forget all that superhero talk -- Hideki was the real deal.

Perhaps even more impressive is that this event was his third Top2 finish in three consecutive weeks -- win, second, win. Just like that.

Hideki will be at #6 in the OWGR when you check it this morning, up from #10. The Big4 talk was already beginning to fade before this event, given that those players aren't winning every other week. But it's really taking a hit with all these other players stepping up.

And no one is stepping up more than Hideki Matsuyama. So here's the big prize you REALLY wanted, Hideki -- a nice shiny new Limerick Summary!
Japan's man is now in the mix
Since Hideki's ranked World Number Six!
Just forget the Big Four—
Every week we see more
Guys compete for my great limericks.
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