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Hideki Matsuyama |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/25/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 170
College: Japan

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Hideki Matsuyama turned in a 1-under-par 34-35=69 for his opening round of the TOUR Championship.
The 23-year-old wunderkind finished alone in 22nd place in his debut here last year. He opened with three 1-over 71s before concluding the season with a 73. So, today's is his first dip under par in Atlanta. He stood over 13 opportunities to break par and converted on five of them, all for birdie. His longest measured 15'8" at the par-4 12th. Alas, Matsuyama also incurred a quartet of bogey-5s, all as a result of missing the green in regulation. He signed his card situated four shots off the clubhouse lead. Sep 24 - 5:18 PM

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Hideki Matsuyama makes his way back to East Lake Golf Club for this week's TOUR Championship.

The up-and-coming star enters the week ranked 15th in the FedExCup standings. He's improved 13 spots, year-over-year. His debut at East Lake last year resulted in a 22nd-place finish, and he failed to record a single round in red numbers. Matsuyama continues to improve as an overall golfer and it would not be surprising to see him make a big leap at East Lake this week.
Sep 21 - 10:13 PM

Hideki Matsuyama smoothed a 5-under-par 32-34=66 in today's final round of the BMW Championship to conclude his second appearance (T20/2014) at 13-under 271, T6 on the live leaderboard.

Matsuyama opened the FedExCup Playoffs in T13-T25, his 16th and 17th respective top-25 finishes on 23 starts to the season. He'll notch his 18th (and ninth top 10) after this week's performance in Lake Forest, Illinois. The Japanese phenom began his final frame at 8-under (T18) and 12 adrift. He circled six on the card to finish up the week with 20 birdies, T10 in that stat at the time he signed his card. The 23-year-old peppered 13 (of 14) fairways on Sunday and landed 13 greens in regulation for a cumulative 7.073 strokes gained: total, T6 in the tournament at last check. His split included a four-inch gimme at the par-4 first, four conversions from inside nine feet, and a 10-footer at the par-5 last for the walk-off. Matsuyama projects 15th in the FEC standings with play still in progress.
Sep 20 - 4:43 PM

With a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-32=65 in his opening round of the Wyndham Championship, Hideki Matsuyama is parked three swings in arrears of the clubhouse co-leaders.

This despite being grouped with Tiger Woods (and Brooks Koepka). Matsuyama went 5-for-5 in scrambling and picked off five birdies, including rolls from 17'7" and 12'7" at Nos. 17 and 6, respectively. It matches his previous low at Sedgefield in the second round en route to a solo 15th in 2013. The 23-year-old from Japan has hung up numerous red numbers almost everywhere of late, but he's fallen prey to the big number. In a shootout like this week's, just one crooked digit could spell doom for his investors.
Aug 20 - 2:12 PM

Hideki Matsuyama posted a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in round two of the 97th PGA Championship at Whistling Straits and is 4-under 140 at the midpoint.

That's within three of the clubhouse lead right now so gives the Japanese ace a platform from which to launch a weekend challenge. Matsuyama swallowed a bogey at the par-5 2nd hole and also dropped a shot at the last but between that played some solid golf. His birdies came at 5, 7, 9, 13 and 16, his most notable conversion from 20'5" at the par-3 7th. The 23-year-old, who has already posted top 10s in the other three majors in his short career, split 8 (of 14) fairways and hit 11 greens in regulation. He finished his round just before play was suspended due to the threat of lightning.
Aug 14 - 6:36 PM

Hideki Matsuyama bogeyed three of his final four holes at Whistling Straits on Thursday, eventually shooting a 2-under-par 32-38=70 in his opening round at the PGA Championship.

The 23-year-old hit 13 of his first 14 greens in regulation, circling birdies on Nos. 11, 14, 16, 18 and 5 to top the leaderboard on 5-under. His only conversion outside 10 feet was from 27'3" at 18. By contrast, he didn't find any of the final four greens in the right number and paid a heavy price with bogeys at 6, 8 and 9. The Japanese ace also let a good opening round slip in last week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational so will want to get out of the habit. For now, he's just a shot behindn clubhouse leaders Brendan Steele and Thomas Bjorn although Dustin Johnson is at 6-under through 14.
Aug 13 - 1:13 PM

Japan's Hideki Matsuyama takes his first crack at Whistling Straits in this week's 97th PGA Championship and is paired the first two rounds with American Brendan Steele and club professional Johan Kok.

Matsuyama has shot par or better in five of his eight career rounds in the PGA Championship, posting a T35/2014 and a T19/2013. In the season's first three majors, he finished solo fifth at the Masters and T18 at both the U.S. Open and The Open Championship. Coincidentally, the 23-year-old enters the week 18th in the FedExCup standings with a gaudy 15 top-25 finishes on 19 starts, eight for top 10s and six of those went for top fives. His season best is T2 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Aug 11 - 10:20 PM

Hideki Matsuyama parlayed a strong start in his second round of The Open Championship and posted 6-under-par 30-36=66 for his second round.

The 23-year-old went out birdie-birdie-birdie-birdie at St. Andrews on Friday. He collected two more birdies before turning in bogey-free 6-under. Matsuyama then traded two birdies with as many bogeys coming in to post 6-under 138. He's four strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead. While Russell Henley also shot 66 in the second round, the American was in the clubhouse long before the wind picked up on Friday, so Matsuyama's effort could be considered more impressive given his position in the draw.
Jul 18 - 2:26 PM

Hideki Matsuyama is playing in his third Open Championship and first at the year's venue, The Old Course at St. Andrews.

Matsuyama is 2-for-2 at The Open with a personal-best T6 in his 2013 debut at Muirfield. He finished 1-under-par 287 in last year's edition at Royal Liverpool for T39, 16 strokes behind champion Rory McIlroy. The Japanese star has cashed 16 times in 17 starts on the season with 14 top 25s, eight doubling as top 10s, including a season-best T2 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. In the season's first two majors, he posted solo fifth at the Masters and when we last saw him, he finished 3-over-par 283 at the U.S. Open, good for T18, eight shots behind champion Jordan Spieth. The 23-year-old enters the week No. 14 in the Official World Golf Ranking and 13th in the FedExCup standings. He's paired the first two rounds with American's Spieth and Dustin Johnson, runner-up to Spieth at the U.S. Open.
Jul 14 - 2:49 PM

Hideki Matsuyama settled for an even-par 33-37=70 in today's opening round of the 115th U.S. Open.

The peerless ball-striker from Japan missed only one of the 14 fairways, but he landed just north of the field average in greens in regulation with 13. Matsuyama circled a trio of birdie-3s, but gave back strokes with a bogey-5 at the fourth hole and a double bogey at the par-4 seventh. He's fives shots off the pace of the clubhouse co-leaders, which is fine after one round, but he essentially signed for the highest score he was going to shoot.
Jun 18 - 7:46 PM

Hideki Matsuyama finished off his second Memorial visit with a 2-under-par 37-33=70 and his 12-under 276 aggregate came up three shots short of a playoff between Justin Rose and eventual champ David Lingmerth.

Matsuyama, the defending Memorial champion, began the day at 10-under (T5) and five shots off the pace of the 54-hole leader Rose. On his round he managed seven (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, but didn't pencil-in a circle on his card until the 11th hole. The 23-year-old squared bogey-6 on the seventh and added 10 pars during that stretch. He jumped back into the equation, circling three straight on Nos. 13-15, all from inside of six feet, reaching 13-under. His dreams of a repeat were dashed at the par-3 16th after his tee shot found the water, leading to double bogey. A birdie at the last would bump Matsuyama to a T5-finish, his eighth top 10 on the season in 16 starts.
Jun 7 - 7:46 PM

Hideki Matsuyama backed up to a 1-under-par 36-35=71 in today's third round of the Memorial and his 54-hole tally of 10-under 206 has him five shots off the pace of the leader Justin Rose.

Matsuyama, defending champion (in his only other Memorial appearance), began the day T5 at 9-under, three shots back of the 36-hole lead. He exchanged three bogeys with four birdies to stay tied fifth, but now trails by five. The 23-year-old began his day with five consecutive pars before finding the bottom of the cup from 7'3" on the par-4 sixth, his longest conversion on the round. He failed to get up-and-down for consecutive dropped shots on Nos. 9 and 10, before righting the ship with three birdies over his next five. He squared his third bogey on the par-3 16th, taking two chips to reach the surface from 44 feet right of the mark. At five shots back, he may be too far back to go back-to-back at Muirfield Village, but he's in fabulous position to log his eighth top 10 on the season in this his 16th start.
Jun 6 - 7:00 PM

Overnight co-leader Hideki Matsuyama signed for a 1-under-par 35-36=71 following his second round of the Memorial to post 9-under 135, three strokes back of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Boy, did he salvage a good score. Matsuyama hit only seven greens in regulation at Muirfield Village today, but limited the damage to two bogeys while picking off three birdies. His longest conversion fell for birdie from 38'5" at the par-4 first hole, but he also saved bogey from 18'6" at the par-4 17th.
Jun 5 - 1:18 PM

Hideki Matsuyama opened his title defense of the Memorial with a bogey-free, 32-32=64, good for a share of the clubhouse lead.

Matsuyama was positively splendid at Muirfield Village today. He missed only one of 14 fairways and one green in regulation en route to eight birdies. The set included three from at least 13 feet, the longest stretching 17'2" at the par-4 13th hole. This is three shots lower than any of his four rounds here last year in what was his debut at Muirfield Village. It's also the lowest opening round by a defending champ. This is the 40th edition of the tournament.
Jun 4 - 6:11 PM

Hideki Matsuyama outlasted Kevin Na in last year's Memorial playoff to secure his first PGA TOUR win and returns for a chance to defend this week.

Matsuyama infamously busted the head of his driver on the 72nd hole of the tournament, needing to survive the finale with less club off the tee. It was his first Memorial start but he had previous Muirfield Village experience thanks to the 2013 Presidents Cup. Matsuyama checks all the statistical boxes any week he tees it up, but this week will be a true test of his mental game as defending champions often struggle to recreate the magic the following year.
Jun 2 - 9:04 PM