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Hideki Matsuyama

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

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World No. 5 Hideki Matsuyama painted a bogey-free 7-under-par 34-32=66 in the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions to post 14-under 278, up nine places on the live leaderboard to solo 3rd, good for the low round of the day thus far and tying the low round of the week with five others. UPDATE: With play completed, Matsuyama finished T4, 10 back of champion Dustin Johnson, who shot a day- and week-low round of 65.
The 25-year-old is the clubhouse leader but a full eight shots adrift of the leader on the course Dustin Johnson. He was making his third appearance after T3 in 2015 and solo 2nd last year, and his third official start of the season. The Japanese star will record his second top 10, joining T5 at the CIMB Classic in his season debut. After opening in 70-70-72, he began T12 on 7-under, one back of the overnight top 10 and nine back of 54-hole leader Johnson. Matsuyama conjured eight (of 15) fairways and hit 16 greens in regulation, gaining 2.497 strokes approaching-the-green, currently No. 1 in the latter with a cumulative 6.964. He missed four birdie tries from between seven and eight feet, but did circle five at holes 2, 6, 12, 16 and 17, adding eagle-3 at 15 from 10'6". Matsuyama posted 1.625 putts per GIR and 1.163 SG: Putting, taking 28 total putts. Jan 7 - 8:48 PM

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Hideki Matsuyama styled a 3-under-par 33-37=70 during round two of the Sentry Tournament of Champions, keeping his name inside the top 10 with a two-day tally of 6-under 140.

Dealing with blustery conditions, Matsuyama found just six (of 15) fairways today. Still, he recovered to land 14 greens in regulation. Quite a few of those approach shots landed just outside of reasonable birdie range. He missed four chances from the 12-to-18 foot range which is not unreasonable. However, he made up for those misses with a pair of birdie bombs from outside 30 feet. The first came from 32'3" at the par-3 eighth and he'd later add another birdie from 36'7" at the par-4 17th. Matsuyama has grinded his way through the first 36 holes but is still right in the mix heading into the weekend.
Jan 5 - 9:30 PM

Hideki Matsuyama pieced together a 3-under-par 34-36=70 during round one of the Sentry Tournament of Champions, placing his name inside the top 10 after day one.

Matsuyama split nine (of 15) fairways but did most of his damage on approach. An early hiccup with the flat stick (missed 3'9" par putt at the 1st) didn't sour his round. He recovered nicely but still lost nearly a stroke to the field in the putting department. That will always be the wildcard for Matsuyama who dominates from tee-to-green, nearly everytime out. A runner-up finisher last year, Matsuyama is right in the thick of things again after day one.
Jan 4 - 10:17 PM

Hideki Matsuyama hoisted the hardware at the end of last year's Hero World Challenge and returns this week for another crack at Albany in The Bahamas.

Matsuyama opened with a 7-under 65 last year to sit one off the lead set by J.B. Holmes. He then fired a six-birdie 67 en route to the co-lead at the midpoint. The floodgates opened in round three when Matsuyama torched the course for another 65, the low round of the day to take a commanding seven-shot lead, allowing him to coast through the finish line on Sunday. Matsuyama circled 22 birdies and an eagle by week's end. This was all a stark contrast to one year prior when Matsuyama finished in a share of last place during his debut at Albany. Which version will show up this week? That is yet to be determined but his scoring prowess on par 5s makes him a top-tier target for gamers this week.
Mon, Nov 27, 2017 07:58:00 PM

World No. 4 Hideki Matsuyama lapped the field last year at Sheshan International and returns this week for a chance to defend his title at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

Matsuyama arrived at last year's HSBC Champions with a pair of WDs in three previous visits. He erased all those bad vibes after opening the week with a 6-under 66, five better than his previous best R1 here. A second-round 65 opened up a three-shot victory and he never looked back, ending the week with a seven-shot romping over the nearest competitors. Last year he entered on the heels of three straight top 5s, internationally. This time he'll have to settle for T5-T26-T47 in his last three starts. Playing in Asia, you have to give Matsuyama a slight bump in comfort level, but it will still be a tall task to defend in this caliber of a field. Still, gamers should consider Matsuyama a very strong option in all formats this week.
Mon, Oct 23, 2017 03:48:00 PM

World No. 3 Hideki Matsuyama patched together a 1-under-par 35-36=71 in the final round of the CIMB Classic, dropping one spot to T5 on 16-under 272, a distant eight in arrears of champion Pat Perez.

The 25-year-old was the top-ranked player in OWGR and a pre-tourney 8/1 outright, second on the bookmaker's food chain. This was his fifth CIMB and third straight top 10, all doubling as top 5s, including a best of solo 2nd last year. After finishing last season a career-best 8th in the final FedExCup standings, he chased with a disappointing 1-2-1 record at the Presidents Cup. The Japanese star began R4 in a two-way T4 following laps ot 70-68-63. He striped all 14 fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, posting a pedestrian 1.929 putts per GIR. Matsuyama squared bogey-5s at Nos. 12 and 13, slightly outpaced by three circles at 4, 11 and 18. This is his best finish on TOUR since T5 at the PGA five starts ago, which chased his fifth career title at the WGC-Bridgestone, his third win last season in 22 starts.
Sun, Oct 15, 2017 09:06:00 AM

World No. 3 Hideki Matsuyama torched TPC Kuala Lumpur for a bogey-free 9-under-par 31-32=63 in round three of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia but only managed to pull a single shot back on leader Pat Perez and, at 15-under 201, will start the final day six off the pace.

The Japanese star needed to go low today and did so with a burst of five straight birdies on his front nine from Nos. 4-8, another at 10 and three to close with at 16, 17 and 18. That moved him four spots up the leaderboard to T4 but still with something of a mountain to climb after Perez answered with a 64. Matsuyama's 63 was one lower than the second-round 64 which helped him finish runner-up in this tournament last year. He said later: "There were a couple of shorter putts that I wasn't able to convert, but all in all, I'm very happy with the round I played today. I'll just go home, get some rest and tee it up tomorrow and do my very best. You know, with the way Pat is playing, I don't know if he can be caught or not."
Sat, Oct 14, 2017 06:02:00 AM

Hideki Matsuyama defeated Justin Thomas 3-and-1 in Sunday singles at the Presidents Cup, ending the week with a 1-2-1 record while cup rookie Thomas suffered his first loss, departing 3-1-1.

This was Match No. 3 of the day and the Internationals second win. Overall, it was just their fourth win in 21 matches. The US would clinch the cup shortly after this match concluded with Daniel Berger taking down Si Woo Kim 2-and-1 in Match No. 4. Matsuyama, who carded seven birdies and an eagle, won six holes while Thomas won just three, at holes 1, 5 and 16, the latter with par. Thomas took an early 1 UP lead with birdie-3 at the first and after the second was halved with birdie-4s, lost the third to Matsuyama's par and would never regain a lead. He was all square after birdie-3 at 5, but Matsuyama won hole 6 with birdie-3 and never relinquished the advantage. Thomas circled holes 8, 9, 11 and 12, but so did Matsuyama. The Japanese star finally found his form on Sunday, but by then, it was too little, too late.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 04:49:00 PM

FedExCup leader and World No. 2 Hideki Matsuyama bogeyed two of his final three holes en route to a 1-under-par 34-35=69 in the second round of THE NORTHERN TRUST and at 3-over 74-69=143, missed the cut by one shot.

A total of 70 players from a field of 120 made the cut of 2-over 142. With the MC, just the second of the season in 19 events (Genesis Open), the 25-year-old and pre-tourney co-fave outright (10/1), is projecting to drop at least five spots in the FEC standings. He opened in birdie-less 4-over 74 but had gained just about all of that back thru 15 holes, outpacing bogey-5 at hole 8 with four birdies at 3 and 9-11. The wheels started coming off at the par-3 16th, short-siding in a greenside bunker and leaving a 41'1" par-saver -- missed -- and then walked off with a 3-putt bogey from 42'1". Other notable early exits include: 143- Marc Leishman; Zach Johnson; Branden Grace .. 144- Bill Haas; Francesco Molinari .. 145- J.B. Holmes; Brian Harman; Jimmy Walker .. 146- Gary Woodland .. 148- Ollie Schniederjans .. 151- Rafa Cabrera Bello.
Fri, Aug 25, 2017 06:41:00 PM

Second-round co-leader and World No. 3 Hideki Matsuyama bobbed and weaved to a 1-over-par 34-38=72 in the final round of the 99th PGA Championship, dropping three spots into a two-way T5 on 5-under 279, three adrift of champion and playing competitor Justin Thomas, who shot 68.

After opening in 70-64-73, the FedExCup leader began T2, one back of 54-hole leader Kevin Kisner. Playing out of the penultimate twosome, he hit eight (of 14) fairways and conjured 10 greens in regulation, losing 0.525 strokes around-the-green and gaining just 0.085 tee-to-green. The 25-year-old circled five at Nos. 6, 7, 10, 14 and 15, two from between 11 and 23 feet, outbalanced by six bogeys at 2, 11-13, 16 and 18, five on failed scrambles and the walk-off 5 after hitting his tee ball into the water, costing a share of 2nd-place. Matsuyama missed three putts from inside of five feet, posting 1.600 putts per GIR but -0.258 SG: Putting. This was his third top 25 in five PGA's and second top 10, second straight (T4/2016). It's Matsuyama's 12th top 25 in 21 majors, fifth straight, and seventh top 10 and fourth top 5.
Sun, Aug 13, 2017 08:20:00 PM

FedExCup leader and World No. 3 Hideki Matsuyama patched together a 2-over-par 35-38=73 in the third round of the 99th PGA Championship to post 6-under 207, down one places into a two-way T2, one shy of playing competitor and 54-hole leader Kevin Kisner, and will play out of the penultimate twosome on Championship Sunday.

After opening in 70-64, the 25-year-old co-led with Kisner, two clear of Jason Day, who completed the final threesome. He landed eight (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, posting 0.719 SG: Off-the-Tee but -1.681 SG: Approach-the-Green. He circled a lone birdie-4 at seven, two-putting from 17'8", overshadowed by three bogeys at 1, 12 and 13 (failed scrambles). The Japanese star recorded a dismal 2.000 putts per GIR and -0.530 SG: Putting, needing 30 total putts. His best finish in 20 previous major appearances is T2 at the 2017 U.S. Open (Erin Hills), where he was T14 thru 54 holes and closed in 6-under 66.
Sat, Aug 12, 2017 08:12:00 PM

FedExCup leader and World No. 3 Hideki Matsuyama painted a bogey-free 7-under-par 33-31=64 in the second round of the 99th PGA Championship to post 8-under 134, up 14 places to T1, matching Kevin Kisner for the 36-hole clubhouse lead and tying Francesco Molinari/R2 for the low round of the week thus far. UPDATE: If the co-lead holds up -- and it should -- it will he his second 36-hole lead/co-lead in his 101st career start (96 pro), winning the 2017 WGC-HSBC Champions as 36-hole leader.

This is the 25-year-old's fifth PGA and after an opening 70, is a perfect 5-for-5. He has two previous top 25s and one top 10, a T4 last year. Overall, this is Matsuyama's 21st major appearance with a best of T2 at the 2017 U.S. Open (Erin Hills). His opener featured six birdies, slightly outbalancing five bogeys, but similar to last week's career-low 61 to win the Bridgestone, he was blemish-free on Day 2 at Quail Hollow, despite being interrupted by a 1 hour, 43-minute rain delay. The Japanese phenom landed nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, posting 2.581 SG: Approach and 4.937 SG: Tee-to-Green. He circled seven at holes 5, 7, 12-15 and 17, all from inside of 12 feet. Matsuyama's recorded a tidy 1.417 putts per GIR and 4.500 SG: Putting, needing just 23 total putts.
Fri, Aug 11, 2017 08:12:00 PM

World No. 3 Hideki Matsuyama painted a career-low bogey-free 9-under-par 30-31=61 in the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to post 16-under 264, good for a five-shot win over 54-hole co-leader Zach Johnson, his fifth PGA TOUR title in his 100th career start (95 pro) -- fourth come from behind -- and tying the course record with three others.

The 25-year-old, a pre-tourney 18/1 outright, bags his third title of the season in 17 starts, tying the season lead with Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson. Banking 550 FedExCup points, he bumps two spots to the top of the FEC standings. This was the Japanese star's fifth Bridgestone with a previous-best T12 in 2014. Overall, it was his 17th WGC event, third top 10 and second win, joining his seven-shot victory at the HSBC back in October. After kicking off in 69-67-67, he began in solo 4th, two back. Matsuyama found seven (of 14) fairways and pelted 15 greens in regulation, posting 6.578 SG: Tee-to-Green and 8.421 SG: Total. He circled holes 3, 6, 9, 13 and 16-18, all from inside of 15 feet, adding a pitch-in eagle-3 at the 2nd from 58 feet away. Matsuyama recorded 1.467 putts per GIR and 1.432 SG: Putting, needing just 25 total putts.
Sun, Aug 6, 2017 06:00:00 PM

World No. 3 Hideki Matsuyama authored a 3-under-par 32-35=67 in the third round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to post 7-under 203, down one place to solo 4th, two shy of 54-hole co-leaders Zach Johnson and Thomas Pieters.

After kicking off in 69-67, the 25-year-old began T3, three back of 36-hole leader Jimmy Walker. He found eight (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, registering 2.327 SG: Approach-the-Green and 3.529 SG: Tee-to-Green. The Japanese star squared back-to-backs at 10 and 11, missed par-savers from 5'5" and 4'1", respectively, camouflaged by five birdies at Nos. 2, 5, 8, 14 and 17, two from between 26 and 29 feet. He posted 1.667 putts per GIR and a pedestrian -0.068 SG: Putting, taking 28 total putts.
Sat, Aug 5, 2017 07:15:00 PM

World No. 3 Hideki Matsuyama twirled a 3-under-par 34-33=67 in the weather-delayed second round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to reach 4-under 136, up 12 spots to T3, three adrift of 36-hole leader Jimmy Walker.

This is the 25-year-old's fifth Bridgestone with two prior top 25s, including a best of T12 in 2014 (70-71-65-68). Overall, it's his 17th WGC event with two prior top 10s, highlighted by his win at the HSBC Champions back in October (as 36- and 54-hole leader). The Japanese phenom kicked off with an up-and-down 69 (seven birdies, six bogeys) on five (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation. On Day 2, he landed nine fairways and 15 GIR, gaining 4.366 strokes tee-to-green. Matsuyama squared a lone bogey-5 at 10 (3-putt from 46'10"), offset by three conventional birdies at 12, 14 (from 24'4") and 17, adding a pitch-in 3 at the par-4 eighth from 61'2" away. He posted 1.867 putts per GIR and -0.367 SG: Putting, and is currently No. 1 in total birdies with 11.
Fri, Aug 4, 2017 07:04:00 PM