Unbeatable at the end of the year, Hideki Matsuyama went home to Japan and nearly met his match.
"It was close," Matsuyama said, laughing as the translation was given in English.
No score was revealed, though none was necessary.
Matsuyama wrapped up his third straight victory in the Bahamas by holding off British Open champion Henrik Stenson, and then he headed home to spend time with family and friends. He had what he described as a "fair share" of sake to celebrate his best year — no one had more than his five victories worldwide — that elevated him to No. 6 in the world and into the elite of golf.