Golf: Matsuyama returns to top 10 after dramatic Sony Open win

Hideki Matsuyama has been as high as No. 2 in the world, but hasn't finished a year higher than No. 18 since 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Hideki Matsuyama returned to the Top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) following his dramatic victory at the Sony Open.

The Japanese star vaulted nine spots to end the one-week tenure at No. 10 of Australia's Cameron Smith, who missed the cut in Honolulu after his record-setting victory at the Tournament of Champions on Jan 9. Smith dropped a spot to No. 11.

Matsuyama has been as high as No. 2 in the world, but hasn't finished a year higher than No. 18 since 2017. He was 14th after winning the Masters last year and reached as high as No. 12 in 2021 with his win at the Zozo Championship in October.

Matsuyama has now won two of his past three starts, and he did it in dramatic style. He rallied from five shots down at the turn on Sunday to catch Russell Henley by carding a 63, then sent his 277-yard second shot into the setting sun on the first play-off hole to three feet for an eagle.

Henley, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, admitted it stung to miss out on No. 4 despite shooting a 65 on Sunday. He did rise 16 spots to a career-best No. 40 in the OWGR.

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