Hero World Challenge 2016: Final Leaderboard Scores, Prize-Money Payouts

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 4, 2016

NASSAU, BAHAMAS - DECEMBER 04:  Hideki Matsuyama hits his tee shot on the first hole during the final round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany, The Bahamas on December 4, 2016 in Nassau, Bahamas.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Hideki Matsuyama prevailed Sunday at the Hero World Challenge in Nassau, Bahamas.

Although he ended the final round at one over par, Matsuyama finished two strokes ahead of Henrik Stenson atop the leaderboard at 18 under overall. Matt Kuchar, Rickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson rounded out the top five:

With his win, Matsuyama took home $1 million from the $3.5 million tournament purse. Here's a look at what the rest of the top 10 earned, courtesy of ESPN.com:

2016 Hero World Challenge Payouts: Top 10
Pos.GolferFinal ScorePayout
1Hideki Matsuyama-18$1,000,000
2Henrik Stenson-16$400,000
T3Matt Kuchar-13$191,667
T3Rickie Fowler-13$191,667
T3Dustin Johnson-13$191,667
T6Bubba Watson-11$140,000
T6Jordan Spieth-11$140,000
T6Brandt Snedeker-11$140,000
9Louis Oosthuizen-9$125,000
10Patrick Reed-8$120,000
Source: ESPN.com

Matsuyama had a solid front nine Sunday, birdieing Nos. 3 and 9. He slipped, however, after making the turn.

The 24-year-old opened the back nine with a double bogey on No. 10, erasing the strokes he gained earlier in the round. He lost another stroke with a bogey on the 14th hole.

As the PGA Tour noted, Stenson was slowly making up ground after birdieing No. 14:


Hideki's lead is now just 3 over Stenson. https://t.co/VYexjwOHZt

Earlier in the round, Stenson delivered one of the day's best shots on the 603-yard ninth hole. He dropped his approach onto the green and sunk the eagle putt.

The PGA Tour shared a replay of the two-shot sequence:


The 9th hole is over 600 yards. Henrik Stenson just made an eagle ... and made it look easy. #QuickHits https://t.co/CjdlvvQpyF

Whereas Stenson was locked in with his putter on No. 9, he lost the touch on the 15th hole. He three-putted to post a par, thus failing to close the gap on Matsuyama.

Matsuyama's advantage fell to two shots heading into the final hole, but he sealed the victory with a par on No. 18. Things were looking dicey after Matsuyama's approach landed well past the green.

As Golf Channel showed, Stenson, on the other hand, was comfortably on the green:

Golf Channel @GolfChannel

Matsuyama overcooks a 9-iron and ends up over the green down the hill. Stenson leaves himself this for birdie on 18. #HeroWorldChallenge https://t.co/NjR2uAItaC

An excellent chip by Matsuyama on his third shot shut the door on Stenson's comeback attempt, however. The PGA Tour shared a replay of the shot:


Game. Set. Match. #QuickHits https://t.co/8rA50GkoBD

Matsuyama's swing has been one of his defining traits, and Sean Martin of the PGA Tour's official website found one reason to possibly explain the Japanese star's trademark pause:

Sean Martin @PGATOURSMartin

Why does Hideki pause at the top of his backswing? To catch his breath. He's exhausted from lifting all those trophies. 🏆🏆🏆🏆

Matsuyama is riding an impressive run of form, with Golfweek noting he has been victorious in four of his last five events. Golf Channel's Justin Ray put the winning streak in perspective:

Justin Ray @JustinRayGC

Combined field total of Hideki Matsuyama's last 5 tournaments: 378 He beat 377 of them (4 wins & a runner-up).

Matsuyama capped off 2016 in strong fashion. The question will be whether he can carry that over to 2017. He has five top-10 finishes in 17 major tournament appearances, and next year could be when Matsuyama collects his first major win.

Tournament host Tiger Woods shot a four-over 76 on Sunday to finish at four under overall. It was an underwhelming finish to what had otherwise been an encouraging showing for the 40-year-old in his first competitive event since the Wyndham Championship in August 2015.

Woods' caddie, Joe LaCava, took positives away from the weekend.

"My goal was to get him through five rounds on his feet," LaCava said, according to ESPN.com's Jason Sobel. "He feels great now, which is a huge positive."

Golf Channel shared two stats that illustrated Woods' inconsistency throughout the tournament:

Golf Channel @GolfChannel

.@TigerWoods' (-4) #HeroWorldChallenge is complete. Good: He made 24 birdies (most in field) Bad: He made 6 doubles (most in field) https://t.co/fOScE9M4J5

Woods was bound to look rusty, having spent so much time away from the sport. Playing in the Hero World Challenge was a great way for the 14-time major champion to get comfortable on the course again before the new year.

Although Woods is unlikely to return to his old self, his days as a top contender at the biggest tournaments may not be over as long as he can stay healthy.

Post-Round Reaction

"I can't say that I played well today, but I did win Tiger's tournament," Matsuyama said, according to the Associated Press' Doug Ferguson (via PGA.com). "And what a great honor that is."

Matsuyama also said that he's not waiting to begin making his preparations for the first major tournament of 2017, per GolfChannel.com's Will Gray: "Starting next week, all my focus and preparation will be for the Masters. Hopefully along the way I can play well on the PGA Tour, but the Masters is my next goal."

Like Matsuyama, Woods also looked beyond the Hero World Challenge.

"Getting back to this point is beyond anything that I've ever experienced in my lifetime," he said, per USA Today's Steve DiMeglio. "The pain issues that I had, it was rough. Quite frankly there were some pretty dire times where I just couldn't move. So big picture? It feels good. It feels good to be back out here playing again, competing and trying to beat the best players in the world."


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