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Hideki Matsuyama

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

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Hideki Matsuyama surpassed his lowest first-round score in an Open Championship, beginning his bid for glory at Royal Birkdale with a 2-under-par 33-35=68 on day one.
That's currently three swings behind joint-leaders Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka and puts him T6 on the live board. The Japanese star made the perfect start with a birdie at the tough opening hole but gave it back at the fourth. Another square on the 6th put him over par but that status lasted just a single hole as he birdied 7 and added another circle at 9. He continued his forward move with a birdie at the par-5 15th and then parred his way to the clubhouse. U.S. Open runner-up Matsuyama found 13 greens in regulation after hitting 8 (of 14) fairways. He struggled in Royal Birkdale's pot bunkers today and managed just a single sand save in four attempts. His previous best first round in an Open was a 69 at Hoylake in 2014. Jul 20 - 10:06 AM

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Hideki Matsuyama finished fast and hung up a 4-under-par 36-32=68 in round two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, good enough for T5 on the live leaderboard and four shots behind clubhouse pacesetter Daniel Im.

The Japanese star was subdued in the early part of the day at Portstewart GC, a bogey at 11 against a birdie at the par-5 14th meaning he reached the turn having failed to advance his overnight score of 5-under. But despite a bogey-6 at 4 wiping out a circle at 2, Matsuyama showed his class over the closing stretch. He ticked No. 5 for the second day running, added red numbers at 6 and 7 before claiming a walk-off birdie at 9 to post 9-under 135 at the midpoint and ensuring a late tee-time for Saturday's third round.
Jul 7 - 9:18 AM

Hideki Matsuyama is the highest-ranked player in this week’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart GC, slotting in two places above local hero Rory McIlroy.

The Japanese star is ranked No. 2 in the OWGR after his second place in the U.S. Open at Erin Hills on his last start. Winning is the immediate goal for Matsuyama this week but there is an obvious secondary motive. "It is important to play some links golf ahead of The Open Championship and I'm sure Portstewart will be the perfect preparation for me," he said in the build-up. Although it’s his first look at the course and, in fact, his debut in the tournament, Matsuyama already boasts some sneaky links form. He placed T6 in the 2013 Open at Muirfield and also cracked the top 20 at St. Andrews in 2015. Organisers haven’t missed a trick this week and have grouped Matsuyama with McIlroy and Jon Rahm.
Jul 4 - 5:16 PM

World No. 4 Hideki Matsuyama twirled a day-low 6-under-par 34-32=66 in the final round of the 117th U.S. Open to post 12-under 276, up 12 places on the live leaderboard to T2 and good for the 72-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Matsuyama finished in a two-way T2, four back of champion Brooks Koepka, and bumps two places to a career-high 2nd in OWGR.

This was the 25-year-old's fifth U.S. Open with a previous-best T10 on debut in 2013 (Merion GC). It was his 19th overall major championship appearance with a previous best of T4 at last year's PGA Championship (Baltusrol GC). After kicking off in 74-day-tying-low-65-71, the Japanese star began T14 on 6-under, six shy of 54-hole leader Brian Harman. He landed 12 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 5.334 strokes tee-to-green, No. 1 in the latter with a cumulative 14.392. Matsuyama camouflaged bogeys at holes 6 and 15 with eight birdies at 1, 4 (chip-in from 41'0"), 5, 11, 12 (18'2"), 14, 16 and 18, getting up and down at the last (from the rough) for birdie-4, posting 1.500 putts per GIR and 25 putts total. This was his fourth runner-up in 98 career events (93 pro), third this season in 15 starts. Matsuyama was also runner-up to Koepka at the 2015 WM Phoenix Open.
Jun 18 - 7:20 PM

World No. 4 Hideki Matsuyama tied the low round of the week as he signed for a bogey-free, 7-under-par 30-35=65 on Friday, reaching the midpoint on 5-under 139 which is good for T8 on the leaderboard as play winds day for the day.

Matsuyama smothered the wide fairways at Erin Hills Golf Course, missing just one (of 14) during his second lap. That led to 14 greens in regulation, setting up seven birdie looks from inside 15 feet on the day. He missed one of the shorter chances (4'4" at the 11th) but responded with a 13'8" par-saver at the 12th and then a 28'5" birdie bomb at the 13th to make up for the short miss. Matsuyama needed just 25 swipes with the flat stick today, which is generally the only weakness in his game. The 25-year-old has won four times on the PGA TOUR but is still searching for his first win in a major championship. He does have three top 10s on his major championship resume, highlighted by a T4 at the 2016 PGA Championship.
Jun 16 - 8:41 PM

Past champ and World No. 4 Hideki Matsuyama returns to Muirfield Village Golf Club for his fourth Memorial Tournament and checks in at No. 2 in the FedExCup standings. UPDATE: Matsuyama finished T45 on 2-over 290 (70-74-76-70).

Matsuyama won the 2014 Memorial on debut and in come-from-behind fashion, eventually prevailing in a 2-man playoff for his first TOUR win. He was a more-than respectable T5 in defense in 2015, co-leading after R1 (64-71-71-70). The 25-year-old was a surprise missed cut last year (by five) after rounds of 74-73 in ideal scoring conditions. He's one of three multiple winners on TOUR this season, joining Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, all in this week's field. Overall, the Japanese star is 12-for-13 on the season with seven top 25s and four top 10s, all four 2nd-place finishes or better. Joining his wins at the WGC-HSBC and WM Phoenix Open (playoff) are solo seconds at the CIMB Classic and the SBS TOC. Matsuyama arrives off T11 (Masters), T32 at the Zurich (teamed with Hideto Tanihara) and T22 at THE PLAYERS (72-71-76-69).
May 31 - 4:22 PM

World No. 4 Hideki Matsuyama spun a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in today's final round of the 2017 Masters and concludes his sixth appearance on 1-under 287, up 15 places on the live leaderboard to T13 and good for the low round in the clubhouse. UPDATE: With play completed, Matsuyama finished T11 and his 67 was the low round of the day, later matched by Matt Kuchar.

It was an up-and-down week for the 25-year-old, posting rounds of 76-70-74-67. He's right on the bubble for his third straight top 10 at Augusta National after solo 5th in 2015 and T7 last year. Matsuyama entered the week No. 2 in the FedExCup standings, 153 points shy of Dustin Johnson, who DNS due to a back injury incurred from a pre-tourney fall down the steps, and won't surpass him this week. In the finale, he striped 11 (of 14) fairways and pelted 15 greens in regulation, recording 1.72 average putts per hole and two 3-putts. Matsuyama, one of three multiple winners on TOUR this year, squared bogeys at Nos. 6 and 11, outbalanced by seven birdies at 2, 7, 8, 10, 13, 15 and 17.
Apr 9 - 4:41 PM

Four-time PGA TOUR winner Hideki Matsuyama prepares for his sixth look at Augusta National Golf Club ahead of this week's Masters Tournament.

World No. 4 vaulted up the FedExCup standings early in the season with a pair of wins (WGC-HSBC Champions and Waste Management Phoenix Open). He still sits in second place in the FEC race but his stock has dipped recently with finishes of T45-T25-MC over his last three stroke-play events in addition to an early exit at the WGC-Match Play. His recent results at Augusta National are much more encouraging, finishing T7 last year and solo fifth the year before. He found himself just two strokes off the pace through 54 holes last year. Early on in his career, Matsuyama already owns five top 10s in major championships, and gamers should not make the mistake of overlooking the 25-year-old this week.
Apr 3 - 2:43 PM

World No. 4 Hideki Matsuyama makes final preparations for his third Arnold Palmer Invitational and is one of three multiple winners on TOUR this season, joining 3-time winner Justin Thomas and 2-time winner Dustin Johnson, neither of whom are in the field.

The 25-year-old owns four TOUR titles in 91 career events, two this season in eight starts. He won the WGC-HSBC Champions as second- and third-round leader, and by seven, tying the largest margin of victory this season, and successfully defended the WM Phoenix Open in a 2-man 4-hole playoff, after coming from four back with 5-under 66. The Japanese phenom chased with a missed cut at the weather-plagued Genesis Open (68-80) and a pedestrian T25 at the WGC-Mexico (72-72-66-71). He's 2-for-2 at Bay Hill (par 72) with T21 on debut in 2015 and T6 last year, posting all eight of his laps at par or better and a tidy 69.63 scoring average.
Mar 15 - 2:56 PM

World No. 5 Hideki Matsuyama will miss the cut after ballooning to a 9-over-par 40-40=80 in the two-day second round of the Genesis Open, his worst round on TOUR since 9-over 81 in R2 at the 2016 WGC-Cadillac Championship, where he was battling a hip flexor.

The 24-year-old arrived off a successful title defense two weeks ago at TPC Scottsdale, his second win of the season in six starts and seventh top 2 in his last nine worldwide events. Both of his laps this week were contested over two-day periods due to inclement weather. The FedExCup leader got 16 holes in R1 completed on Thursday, birdieing the par-3 16th before the suspension, and returned on Friday morning to go birdie-birdie for 3-under 68. After a quick turnaround, he got 15 holes of his second frame completed, and returned Saturday to finish bogey-bogey-bogey. Matsuyama entered the week 2nd on TOUR in scoring average (68.890) with 24 (of 25) rounds at par or better and 23 sub-par rounds. He had no birdies in R2 against nine bogeys on 4 (of 14) fairways and six greens in regulation, posting 2.167 putts per GIR and -3.822 SG Putting at last glance.
Feb 18 - 1:10 PM

World No. 5 Hideki Matsuyama rallied for a 3-under-par 34-34=68 in the two-day first round of the Genesis Open, currently T19 on the live leaderboard with first- and second-round play in progress.

The FedExCup leader got 16 holes completed at 1-under prior to play being halted on Thursday due to darkness. He returned on Friday morning -- along with 47 others -- and played his final two holes in 2-under, finishing birdie-birdie-birdie on the card. The 24-year-old circled the par-5 17th from 17 inches, after hitting his approach stiff from 97 yards out, and dropped a 10-footer for a walk-off 3 at the 475-yard par-4 18th. He makes a quick turnaround, beginning his second round at 8:13 am PST off No. 10 tee.
Feb 17 - 10:47 AM

Defending champ and World No. 5 Hideki Matsuyama crafted a bogey-free 5-under-par 32-34=66 in today's final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to tie Webb Simpson on 17-under 267, and then defeated him with birdie-3 on the fourth hole of sudden death for his fourth TOUR title in 89 career starts (84 pro) and fifth worldwide win in his last nine events and SEVENTH top 2.

The 24-year-old bags his fourth consecutive top 5 in four visits and second straight win in a 2-man 4-hole playoff. Last year, he erased a 3-shot deficit in R4 (with 67) and defeated Rickie Fowler with par on this same 17th hole. This is Matsuyama's second win on TOUR this season in six starts, joining a 7-shot romp at the WGC-HSBC where he was the 36- and 54-hole leader. After opening laps of 65-68-68, he began the finale on 12-under (T3), four shy of 54-hole leader Byeong Hun An. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he carded one eagle-3 and three birdies on 12 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation. In extra time, the duo matched par 4s on holes 18, 18 and 10, before Matsuyama dropped the mid-range clincher from 10'6". He is the sixth in history to successfully defend at the Phoenix Open but first in 33 years at TPC Scottsdale and improves to 3-0 in playoffs.
Feb 5 - 7:11 PM

Defending champ and World No. 5 Hideki Matsuyama pieced together a 3-under-par 33-35=68 in today's third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to reach the three-quarter pole on 12-under 201, four adrift of 54-hole leader Byeong Hun An, who shot bogey-free 65.

The 24-year-old was T2 thru 54 holes last year, three back of South Korean-born New Zealander Danny Lee and closed in 4-under 67, eventually winning in a 2-man playoff over Rickie Fowler. He began today's third frame in a four-way T3 on 9-under, one shy of 36-hole co-leaders An and Brendan Steele. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he circled six birdies on 13 greens in regulation, all from inside of 10 feet, and took some luster off with three bogey-5s, incurring penalty shots at Nos. 1 and 17 after errant tee shots. Matsuyama posted 1.615 putts per GIR, but -1.095 in SG: Putting, missing two birdie tries from inside of eight feet, but did drop a par-saver at 18 from 9'3" to play out of the penultimate threesome again on Sunday.
Feb 4 - 6:52 PM

Defending champ Hideki Matsuyama cruised to a 3-under-par 34-34=68 during the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, squaring his first bogey of the week but still finds himself just one shot off the lead entering the weekend on 9-under 133.

Mastuyama continued his thrashing of TPC Scottsdale today, missing just three greens in regulation. That is a two-GIR decline, day-over-day, but still impressive. World No. 5 sprinkled four birdies throughout his scorecard, including a lengthy 16'9" splash at the par-4 17th. Other than that, all of his putts were converted from inside nine feet. The 24-year-old nearly escaped bogey-free over the first 36 holes, but couldn't get a 6'10" putt to fall at the 18th. Despite the late bogey, Matsuyama finds himself T3 on the leaderboard entering the weekend. In 14 rounds at the WM Phoenix Open, he has now positioned himself inside the top 5 after 11 of them.
Feb 3 - 7:32 PM

Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama tore through TPC Scottsdale with a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-32=65 during the opening round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, staking an early claim of the clubhouse lead. UPDATE: Matsuyama finds himself one stroke behind the new pacesetter Matt Kuchar

Matsuyama put on a ball-striking clinic today. He gained 2.34 strokes off-the-tee and 2.83 strokes approaching-the-green. In traditional stats that was 10 (of 14) fairways and 17 greens in regulation. The lone missed green came at the par-4 first hole, but he still found himself on the fairway just 26'10" from the cup. The 24-year-old wasn't quiet with the flat stick, either, popping in four putts from the 8-to-14 foot range. Matsuyama has positioned himself inside the top 5 after 9-of-12 rounds here at TPC Scottsdale. That tally should now increase to 10-of-13 by day's end.
Feb 2 - 2:52 PM