While he was only two shots out of the lead going into the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday in Akron, Ohio, he lost his swing on his way to the practice range.
Matsuyama heads to Quail Hollow Club, in Charlotte, N.C., for the PGA Championship starting Thursday, the final major of the year and his last chance to cap off a year in which the Japanese star moved into the elite in golf.
Starting with a pressure-filled victory before the home crowd in the Japan Open, Matsuyama had a six-tournament stretch in which he won four times and was runner-up in the other two events.
Among those victories was the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, which he won by seven shots for his first World Golf Championship.
Jordan Spieth missed three cuts in four starts earlier this year and now goes for the career Grand Slam at Quail Hollow this week.
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