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Hideki Matsuyama |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (22) / 2/25/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 170
College: Japan

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Hideki Matsuyama brushed off the disappointment of last week's missed cut and signed for a 3-under-par 34-34=68 following his opening round of The Barclays.
Indeed, a short week at Sedgefield was surprising, so it's a relief to know that he was back on point today. Matsuyama split nine (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation at Ridgewood Country Club in what was his first career round in the FedExCup Playoffs. He offset a lone bogey at the par-3 eighth hole with four birdies, including runs from 14'5" at the par-4 fourth and 40'9" at the par-3 10th. Thanks in part to his breakthrough victory at the Memorial, the 22-year-old from Japan opens as the 22-seed. Aug 21 - 2:07 PM

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Hideki Matsuyama lit up Firestone Country Club for a 5-under-par 33-32=65 in the third round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, improving to 4-under 206 for the tournament.

Matsuyama began his day on the 10th hole with a 3'7" birdie and kept the momentum going for his entire round. While he did give back a pair of bogeys, one on each side, his five birdies and 2'1" eagle at the par-5 second hole easily outpaced his blemishes. Among his highlights were an 18'2" birdie at the par-3 15th and an 11'5" birdie at the par-4 eighth. While he is technically the clubhouse leader, he stands no chance of being so at day's end.
Aug 2 - 11:31 AM

Hideki Matsuyama shot a 3-under-par 32-37=69 in his opening round of The Open Championship, finishing three strokes off the clubhouse lead.

Matsuyama striped 11 (of 14) fairways, but found only 11 greens in regulation. The stumbles led to bogeys at the 12th and 13th holes, but he closed out the round birdie-par-birdie. He circled three birdies on his outward nine to lay the foundation for the big day.
Jul 17 - 9:28 AM

Hideki Matsuyama shared a piece of sixth place in his Open Championship debut and returns this week to have a go at Royal Liverpool.

There was no winner's hangover for Matsuyama, as he followed up his playoff win at the Memorial with a T35 at the U.S. Open. This went in the books as his fifth top 35 at a major championship, in seven attempts. At 22 years of age, Matsuyama has already established himself as a big-game hunter. Gamers should feel confident trotting him out in any format.
Jul 16 - 11:03 AM

Hideki Matsuyama fashioned a 1-under-par 35-34=69 in his opening round of the U.S. Open.

Back in action since emerging in a playoff to win the Memorial 11 days ago, Matsuyama closed up shop today sitting just one stroke adrift of the twosome sharing the clubhouse lead. He opened with birdie at the par-5 10th, but played his next 12 holes in birdie-free 3-over with bogeys at 16, 1 and 2. He then picked off a birdie at the par-5 fifth to kick-start a fast close. Birdies at 6 and 8 trailed to secure the sub-70.
Jun 12 - 2:13 PM

With a par on the first hole of sudden death, Hideki Matsuyama defeated Kevin Na to win the Memorial Tournament.

Matsuyama replaced his broken driver for the playoff, but he wielded a 3-wood off the tee at the par-4 18th hole. It made a difference as he wasn't able to clear the fairway bunker on the right side. Knowing Matsuyama's position, Na then pulled his drive into the creek left of the fairway. After negotiating a tree and finding safety well right of the green but in the rough, Matsuyama then failed to capitalize by short-siding his approach into the rough short of a greenside bunker. Eventually, with Na laying 4 on the green, Matsuyama converted his par putt from 10'1", the ball trickling all the way into the cup. This is his first victory on the PGA TOUR. He was already exempt into the season's second and third majors, but he's also now officially exempt into the PGA Championship. Needless to say, the sky is the limit for the 22-year-old from Japan.
Jun 1 - 6:27 PM

Hideki Matsuyama submitted a 3-under-par 32-37=69 for his final round of the Memorial to post 13-under 275 and force a playoff with Kevin Na for the title.

Matsuyama endured and enjoyed a whirlwind of a day at Muirfield Village. He hit 12 greens in regulation and parred only six holes, the last of which at the par-3 12th. He opened birdie-birdie, the tale of the tandem courtesy of a bunker conversion from 11 yards at the par-4 second. A bogey-5 trailed at 3, but he then rolled in another birdie, this time from 12'5" at 4. The Japanese phenom saved par from 10'7" at 5 and added birdies at 7 and 8, the second measuring a round-long 20'5". He played his last six holes in 1-over. This stretch featured a rinsed tee ball at the par-3 16th, which he double-bogeyed, and a busted head on his driver at the par-4 18th where he hit the fairway. He birdied 18 to become the first player in tournament history to pencil in a 3 at the hole in all four rounds. Regardless of what happens in the playoff, he's already clinches his career-best finish on the PGA TOUR.
Jun 1 - 6:02 PM

Hideki Matsuyama managed a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in the third round of the Memorial Tournament, modestly improving to 10-under 206 through 54 holes.

His lap around Muirfield Village included six birdies and three bogeys, with nine pars making up the difference. Three of his birdies were worthy of applause, as he found the bottom of the cup from 20'5" on the par-4 third, 15 feet on the par-4 10th and 15 feet again on the par-4 18th. While Matsuyama doesn't play a heavy PGA TOUR schedule, he entered the week 50th in the FedExCup standings and now projects inside the top 35. Needless to say, he's poised for a deep run in the Playoffs later this summer. A breakthrough win on Sunday would go a long way towards a spot at East Lake in the TOUR Championship.
May 31 - 5:28 PM

Hideki Matsuyama reached the halfway point of the Memorial in 7-under-par 70-67=137, five strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

After sharing the 54-hole lead at Colonial last week, Matsuyama settled for a T10 after a Sunday 71, so go ahead and chalk up this week's early success to resiliency. It's worth adding that he seems to have the injury to his left wrist in the rear-view mirror. Today's walk around Muirfield Village featured 14 greens in regulation and six birdies, the longest stretching 14'1" at the par-4 17th hole. He suffered only one bogey, that a 5 at No. 3.
May 30 - 5:11 PM

Hideki Matsuyama signed for a 1-over-par 37-34=71 in the final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial to tie for 10th at 6-under 274.

Matsuyama picked up three birdies at Colonial Country Club, including a 10'4" birdie at the par-4 seventh and a 21'8" effort at the par-4 14th, but it wasn't enough to overcome two bogeys and a double-bogey six at the par-4 ninth. The 54-hole co-leader will have to wait until another day before picking up his first PGA TOUR win.
May 25 - 5:45 PM

Hideki Matsuyama took control of the clubhouse at 7-under-par 203 in the third round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial with a bogey-free 6-under 32-32=64.

Matsuyama picked up six birdies to go with 12 pars on his lap around Colonial Country Club, with four of those dropping from 12 feet or longer. He spaced them out well, with three coming on each nine. As the distance of his birdies would suggest, he gained well over three strokes with the flat stick on Saturday, landing 14 GIR in the process. He will now wait and see what the leaders do during the third round, returning tomorrow in an effort to secure his first PGA TOUR victory.
May 24 - 2:41 PM

Hideki Matsuyama submitted a 3-under-par 32-37=69 for his opening round of the Wells Fargo Championship.

This is a little more like it. The Japanese phenom, who turned professional a little over a year ago, was dealing with an injury to his left wrist. Today's aggregate is his lowest since a third-round 69 at the Northern Trust Open two-and-a-half months ago. He hit 14 greens at Quail Hollow today and curled in six birdies. Matsuyama hit the ground running with a birdie from 11'8" at the par-5 10th hole. After a par-4 at 11, he drilled home a birdie from 45'4" at 12, and then chased it with another birdie at 13, this time form 11'1". Bogeys at 2, 6 and 9 spoiled a better score, the first two the result of whiffs from 41 and 35 inches, respectively, but he's only three strokes off the clubhouse lead.
May 1 - 2:24 PM

By virtue of his spot inside the top 50 of the latest update of the Official World Golf Ranking, Hideki Matsuyama has qualified for next week's PLAYERS.

The first-time PGA TOUR member sits 28th in the OWGR to secure his first appearance at TPC Sawgrass. He's one of 10 qualifiers via this criterion aimed primarily at PGA TOUR non-members. The others: Victor Dubuisson (23rd; debut; Special Temporary Member); Jamie Donaldson (26th; debut; Special Temporary Member); Thomas Björn (27th); Miguel Angel Jiménez (33rd); Stephen Gallacher (39th; debut); Joost Luiten (43rd; debut); Francesco Molinari (46th); Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño (47th; PGA TOUR member); Thongchai Jaidee (49th). The top 10 in the updated FedExCup standings are also exempt, but all previously qualified. The final exemption into THE PLAYERS is reserved for the winner of the Wells Fargo Championship if not already eligible.
Apr 28 - 2:16 AM

Hideki Matsuyama is set for his third start in the Masters later this week.

This will be Matusyama's third venture to Augusta National, tying for 27th in 2011 before slipping into a share of 54th in 2012. This is his first action since a T34 at Doral, so he should be rested and ready to go. He enters this week 26th in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Apr 7 - 10:35 PM

The opening round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship was suspended by inclement weather at 2:22 p.m. ET. UPDATE: Play is scheduled to resume at 4:45 p.m.

This is not a surprise. A front with thunderstorms associated with it was expected today, just not this early. A Tornado Watch is in effect for the area until 7:00 p.m. Hideki Matsuyama is back in play following last week's withdrawal from The Honda Classic before the second round due to his nagging wrist injury. He opened with a birdie-4 on the par-5 10th hole at the newly designed Trump National Doral but sits 2-over-par through 11 holes. All 68 golfers that started have completed at least four holes; four have completed as many as 13.
Mar 6 - 2:26 PM