Rookie Matsuyama wins Japan Tour money title

Hideki Matsuyama has become the first rookie to claim the

Japanese tour’s money title with a win at the Casio World Open.

Matsuyama turned pro in April and has won five tournaments on

the Japanese tour this season. In seven PGA Tour-sanctioned events,

Matsuyama has six top-25 finishes. He plans to compete on the PGA

Tour in 2014.

Matsuyama shot a 70 in the final round Sunday at Kochi Kuroshio

Country Club to finish at 12-under 276, one stroke ahead of Yuta

Ikeda. The 21-year-old college student received $390,000 for

Sunday’s win, bringing his earnings this season to slightly more

than $2 million.