Erin - Hideki Matsuyama has chalked up his performance at
the US Open as a learning experience as he looks to win his first major
The Japanese superstar would finish tied for second with
American Butch Harmon around Erin Hills, four strokes behind winner Brooks
The result is his best in a major, bettering the T4 he
earned at the 2016 PGA Championship.
The result moves Matsuyama into second on the world
rankings, though there is still some ground to make up to catch world number
one Dustin Johnson.
Matsuyama believes that consistency over four rounds is what
will win him a major championship, something that alluded him last week.
At Erin Hills, he opened with a two over 74, surged up the
leader board with a brilliant 65, then almost dropped out of contention with a
third round 71 before closing with a gutsy 66 on Sunday.
"If I learned anything, you've got to put four good
rounds together," the 25-year-old told a press conference on Sunday.
"I played two good rounds, but it wasn't enough. No
regrets, I did play well. Just came up a little short.
"I learned a lot this week. Hopefully, though, in the
future, in majors, I can play in the either last or next to last group to give
myself a better chance. But I'm happy with the way I played, and it gives me
confidence going forward."
Matsuyama has been remarkably consistent at the highest
level, earning six top tens in his 19 major starts.