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Rookie Hideki Matsuyama wins Japan Tour money title

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Since turning pro in April, Matsuyama has won five tournaments on the Japan Tour.

Hideki Matsuyama has become the first rookie to claim the Japanese tour's money title with a win at the Casio World Open.

Matsuyama turned pro in April and has won five tournaments on the Japanese tour this season. In seven PGA Tour-sanctioned events, Matsuyama has six top-25 finishes. He plans to compete on the PGA Tour in 2014.

Matsuyama shot a 70 in the final round Sunday at Kochi Kuroshio Country Club to finish at 12-under 276, one stroke ahead of Yuta Ikeda. The 21-year-old college student received $390,000 for Sunday's win, bringing his earnings this season to slightly more than $2 million.

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