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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 looks to cap off his Playoffs debut with fireworks at this week's TOUR Championship.
Matsuyama has collected 15 finishes inside the top 35, including his maiden win, during his first campaign as a PGA TOUR member. The consistency paid off, as he enters this week ranked 28th in the FedExCup standings. It would take a laundry list of items to occur for Matsuyama to collect the FedExCup trophy from that far back. With no pressure on him this week, look for the Japanese phenom to make his presence known on the leaderboard. Sep 9 - 8:24 AM

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Hideki Matsuyama sits 4-under-par 69-67=136 through two rounds of the BMW Championship, four strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

The Japanese phenom arrived at Cherry Hills as the man on the bubble at 30th in the FedExCup standings, but a weekend resembling his first 36 holes will shore up his first visit to East Lake without doubt. He's hit only 23 greens in regulation, including just 11 today, but Matsuyama has limited the damage to three bogeys (one today) while holing seven birdies. Today's quartet featured rolls from 32 feet, 14 feet and 10'5" at Nos. 7, 13 and 17, respectively. He also recorded a zero-putt par save from six yards away just off the green at the par-4 third. His longest conventional save measured 10-and-a-half feet at the par-4 10th.
Sep 5 - 7:20 PM

Hideki Matsuyama readies for his BMW Championship debut this week at Cherry Hills Country Club.

Matsuyama enters the week on the bubble, ranked 30th in the FedExCup standings. He's finished 30th or worse in six of seven starts since his maiden win back in June. Ranked 23rd in all-around ranking and 5th in par breakers, his week will likely rely on his flat stick as his strokes gained-putting rank is 151st on TOUR. Gamers should take a hard look at Matsuyama if they need an off the radar pick with winning upside.
Sep 3 - 10:10 PM

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

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