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Golf: Matsuyama charges late, places 3rd at Farmers Insurance Open

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan hits a tee shot on the first hole during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open at the Torrey Pines Golf Club in La Jolla, California, on Jan. 27, 2019. (Kyodo)

LA JOLLA, California (Kyodo) -- Japan's Hideki Matsuyama fired six birdies to charge up the Farmers Insurance Open final-round leaderboard, finishing five shots off the lead and in a season-best third place Sunday.

World No. 1 Justin Rose held off Australia's Adam Scott to earn a two-stroke victory, claiming his 10th career PGA Tour win. The Briton shot his second straight 69 at Torrey Pines, and his 21-under 267 total set a tournament record.

In his fourth event this season, Matsuyama cut his seven-stroke third-round deficit to the leader by two with a final-round 67. His four-round 16-under total put him in a share for third place with American Talor Gooch.

Matsuyama got a roar from the crowd when fired over a water hazard from a fairway bunker to reach the green in two on the par-5 18th hole, setting up a birdie to drag himself up to third.

The 26-year-old Japanese struggled early, missing a three-footer for par on the fourth hole for his sole bogey on the day. However, he recovered with birdies on the sixth and ninth, the latter coming after he found the green from a fairway bunker.

He hit eight fairways in the final round, improving from three in the third round.

"I made swing adjustments this year," said Matsuyama, who is looking for a third title in four years at next week's Waste Management Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Arizona.

"I'm relieved that I finished with a good score. My drives were better than yesterday and because I hit more fairways I had more chances. I rode the wave of momentum all the way," he said.

The former world No. 2 has five wins on the U.S. men's tour. He captured his last victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in August 2017.

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