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Matsuyama sets focus to Augusta

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Hideki Matsuyama says his goal is now to win the 2017 Masters following his victory on Sunday at the Hero World Challenge.

The Japanese star came into the week on red hot form after recent victories at the Japan Open, WGC-HSBC Champions and Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters and headed into the final round in the Bahamas seven shots clear.

However, he failed to find his rhythm on Sunday, eventually carding a one-over 73 but that was still enough for him to hold on for a two stroke triumph.

Open champion Henrik Stenson claimed second after closing with a 68, while Matt Kuchar, Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson shared third after finishing five off the pace.

The week belonged to Matsuyama though and with him up to sixth in the world rankings, has now set his sights on major glory.

Speaking afterwards, the 24-year-old admitted he intends to spend the next few months tailoring his game to peak at the first major of 2017, the Masters in April.

“Starting next week all my focus and preparation will be for the Masters,” he said.

“Hopefully, along the way I can play well on the PGA TOUR, but the Masters is my next goal.”

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