Japanese amateur beats Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka, Wyndham Clark to win Dunlop Phoenix, immediately turns pro

After shooting a first-round 7-under 64 to sit just one back of 2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama, Japanese amateur Yuta Sugiura shot rounds of 64-68-69-71 to shoot 12 under and win the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament by three shots.

“I’m really happy. It was a goal I’ve had for a long time, and I’m truly happy to have achieved it in my last match as an amateur,” Sugiura told the Japan Golf Tour.

2023 PGA champion Brooks Koepka also registered a 2-over 72 final round to finish T-15 at 3-under total, while fellow PGA Tour stars Sahith Theegala and 2023 U.S. Open champion Wyndham Clark posted final rounds of even par 71 and 1-under 70 to be placed T-31 and T-37, respectively.

Suguira followed up his victory by immediately declaring that he was turning professional.

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Story originally appeared on GolfWeek