sprained his ankle during the final round of the CIMB Classic the week before the HSBC, then the foot issue developed in China, forcing him to retire after 42 holes.
US PGA champion Day boasts power and popularity as a grounded guy who has realised his potential, while Matsuyama
is a timely focal point for a country utterly fanatical about its golf.
Starting at hole 1: 0632 Thomas Bjorn (Den), Greg Owen, Rod Pampling (Aus); 0833 Ernie Els (Rsa), Brandt Snedeker (USA), Tom Watson (USA); 0911 Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia (Spa), Patrick Reed (USA), 0922 Matteo Manassero (Ita), (x) Romain Langasque (Fra), Darren Clarke, 0933 Hideki Matsuyama
(Jpn), Dustin Johnson (USA), Jordan Spieth (USA); 0955 Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa), Jason Day (Aus), Tiger Woods (USA); 1050 Tyrrell Hatton, Scott Arnold (Aus), (x) Paul Kinnear; 1301 Zach Johnson (USA), Bernd Wiesberger (Aut), Tommy Fleetwood; 1412 Martin Kaymer (Ger), Jimmy Walker (USA), Adam Scott (Aus); 1434 Matt Kuchar (USA), Phil Mickelson (USA), Henrik Stenson (Swe); 1445 Rickie Fowler (USA), Justin Rose, Nick Faldo; 1456 Branden Grace (Rsa), Jim Furyk (USA), Paul Casey.
Japan's defending champ Matsuyama
bagged eight birdies but was caught at the top by American van Pelt.
missed several fairways early but recovered to notch six birdies and just a lone bogey at the first, his 10th hole.
Of the five players who had a share of the lead in a wild final hour at the TPC Scottsdale, Matsuyama
had the last chance to catch Koepka until his 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole missed well to the right.
Globalization and maximization of customer value are two core components of our long-term strategy, said Kaz Matsuyama
, President and CEO of SATO Holdings.
The meeting was an occasion to review means to foster cooperation between the parliaments of both countries, and highlight the Japanese public aid to the Kingdom, said Matsuyama
almost followed, requiring birdie at the last - after breaking his driver - to finish alongside Na and force a playoff.
According to the BBC, Matsuyama
, who finished sixth at the Open Championship at Muirfield last year, was slammed as an 'idiot' by Ian Poulter for damaging a green and not repairing it at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March, following which the Japanese apologised to the Englishman.
He played steadily throughout and luck had been against him early on, Matsuyama
chipping in from the rough at the second an example.
2 Adam Scott of Australia, the 21-year-old Matsuyama
halved the match against Americans Bill Hass and Webb Simpson with a second shot on the par-4 18th that landed within two feet of the pin.