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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. 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
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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

Hideki Matsuyama returns as the defending champion and looks to improve upon his already-stellar track record at the Waste Management Phoenix Open as he sets his eyes on TPC Scottsdale this week.

It has been love at first sight for Matsuyama and TPC Scottsdale. In his first visit he posted rounds of 66→67→68→69=270 (-14) to finish T4 on the week. He return the following year and posted the same total of 270, resulting in a runner-up finish. Last year, he proved his consistency to post a total of 270 for the third time in a row, this time it was good enough to earn a spot in a playoff with Rickie Fowler, which he would go on to win at the fourth hole of sudden death. It was the youngster's second career win and he's since added a third (2017 WGC-HSBC Champions). In 12 rounds at TPC Scottsdale, Matsuyama has positioned himself T5 or better after nine of them. With strong season form and strong course history, the 24-year-old should be a top target in all fantasy formats.
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Jan 31 - 11:26 AM

World No. 6 Hideki Matsuyama tacked on a 3-under-par 36-34=70 in the final round of the SBS Tournament of Champions to conclude his second appearance (T3/2015) on 19-under 273, good for solo 2nd, three shy of champion and playing competitor Justin Thomas, who shot 69.

The FedExCup leader didn't quite have enough to overcome Thomas, but maintained his lead in the standings with his second runner-up of the season in three starts to go along with his win at the WGC-HSBC. He began R4 two adrift of Thomas after opening in progressively better laps of 69-68-66, but fell to five back at the turn after exchanging two birdies with two bogeys. The 24-year-old, going for his fourth straight worldwide win and fifth in his last six starts, birdied the par-3 11th and pitched in for eagle-2 from 59'7" away at the 14th, climbing to within one after Thomas doubled the 15th. He missed birdie from 9'9" at the 16th, 3-putted the 17th from 28'9" for bogey-5, and matched birdies with Thomas on 18 for the final margin. Matsuyama, who finished 2nd to Thomas at the CIMB Classic 11 weeks ago (also by three), records his third career runner-up in 86 career starts (81 pro).
Jan 8 - 8:21 PM

World No. 6 Hideki Matsuyama painted a 7-under-par 34-32=66 in the third round of the SBS Tournament of Champions to reach 16-under 203, up four spots to solo 2nd and matching the low round of the day with William McGirt.

The FedExCup leader began the third frame in solo 6th, three shy of 36-hole co-leaders Justin Thomas and Ryan Moore. Playing out of the third-to-last twosome, he's within two of 54-hole leader Thomas following an eight-birdie one-bogey effort, the leader in the former with 19 birdies on the week. The 24-year-old hit 12 (of 15) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, gaining 2.429 strokes tee-to-green of 3.938 SG: Total. His lone blemish was a bogey-5 at the eighth (failed scramble), but outpaced it with four birdie-4s and four birdie-3s. Six dropped from eight feet and in, adding a long of 12'6" at the par-4 12th and a chip-in birdie-3 at the 14th. Matsuyama won this season's WGC-HSBC as well as the unofficial Hero World Challenge as a 54-hole leader and won the 2014 Memorial and 2016 WM Phoenix Open in come-from-behind fashion.
Jan 7 - 8:54 PM

World No. 6 Hideki Matsuyama tacked on a 5-under-par 31-37=68 in the second round of the SBS Tournament of Champions for a two-day total of 9-under 137, currently 6th place on the leaderboard and two back of 36-hole clubhouse leader Patrick Reed.

The FedExCup leader has just one blemish thru 36 holes, a double bogey-6 at the 17th in today's lap, where he attempted to hit his second out of the hazard and ended up in another hazard, this time incurring a penalty. He bounced back with a 4'9" birdie on the par-5 18th, one of seven birdies on the card. The 24-year-old landed 11 (of 15) fairways and peppered 16 greens in regulation, pacing the field in the latter at 91.67 percent (33/36). Six of his seven circles dropped from inside of 10 feet with a long of 12'3" at the par-4 third.
Jan 6 - 9:19 PM

FedExCup leader Hideki Matsuyama opened his week at the SBS Tournament of Champions with a bogey-free, 4-under-par 34-35=69, placing him four strokes off the leader Jimmy Walker.

Matsuyama missed just one green in regulation today. Despite the stellar GIR figures, he was surprisingly loose on his approach shots, setting up just five birdie looks from inside 10 feet. Using advanced metrics we can see he actually lost 0.246 strokes approaching-the-green. Matsuyama entered the week with wins in four of his last five starts worldwide and approach play is typically his strongest asset. Gamers should expect his iron-play to bounce back over the next three rounds.
Jan 5 - 10:14 PM

Along with defender Jordan Spieth, World No. 6 and FedExCup leader Hideki Matsuyama is a pre-tourney 5/1 co-fave at this week's no-cut SBS Tournament of Champions at Kapalua Resort in Hawaii.

The 24-year-old qualified for the SBS by claiming the 2016 WM Phoenix Open in a four-hole playoff over Rickie Fowler, and also won the WGC-HSBC Champions in October by seven as the 36- and 54-hole leader. In his only other appearance on Maui in 2015, he was a 54-hole co-leader and shot 3-under 70 to finish T3, one shot out of a two-man playoff involving 54-hole co-leader Jimmy Walker and eventual champ Patrick Reed. Despite making just two starts on TOUR this fall, the Japanese star is pacing the FEC standings with the HSBC win and solo 2nd at the CIMB Classic, both no-cut events. Dating back to the TOUR Championship in September, where he was an 18-hole co-leader and eventually finished solo 5th, Matsuyama enters the week with six straight top-5 finishes worldwide, including three consecutive wins and four wins in his last five starts.
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Jan 4 - 8:59 AM

Overnight leader Hideki Matsuyama labored to a 1-over-par 34-39=73 in the final round of the 18th Hero World Challenge but at 18-under 270, hung on for a two-shot victory over playing competitor Henrik Stenson, who carded a 68 with three birdies and one eagle-3 against a lone bogey and finished solo second here for a second straight time (2015) and is his second straight runner-up to Matsuyama (2017 WGC-HSBC Champions).

The World No. 6, a pre-tourney 15/2 outright, was a 36-hole co-leader and the 54-hole leader by seven over Stenson and Dustin Johnson. This is his third straight worldwide win, fourth in his last five starts, and while an unofficial TOUR event, does collect 46.00 world-ranking points. The 24-year-old circled a pair of birdie-4s on a bogey-free first half to lead by six at the turn, but came home in birdie-less 3-over to make things interesting until the end, securing the win with an up-and-down par at the 18th. For the week, he totaled two eagles and 22 birdies versus four bogeys and two doubles and was 15-under on the par 5s. Matt Kuchar, Rickie Fowler and 36-hole co-leader and odds-fave Dustin Johnson finished in a three-way T3 on 13-under 275, five adrift.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 04:20:00 PM

Overnight co-leader Hideki Matsuyama fashioned a 7-under-par 32-33=65 in the third round of the Hero World Challenge to reach the three-quarter pole on 19-under 197, good for the low round of the day and a seven-shot lead over Henrik Stenson, who carded a 66, and overnight co-leader Dustin Johnson, who doubled the 18th for a 72.

The World No. 6 began the third frame co-leading with Johnson on 12-under after opening his third appearance in 65-67. He squared bogeys on holes 8 and 16 but overshadowed them with seven birdies and a hole-out eagle-2 at the seventh. Among the 24-year-old's seven birdies where four birdie-4s on the five par 5s, moving to 13-under for the week on the par 5s alone. The highlight of his lap was the eagle on the drivable par-4 seventh --video link below -- where he chose to layup off the tee and then jarred home a one-bounce eagle from 86 yards away. Matsuyama is going for his fourth win in his last five worldwide starts, opening the run with a three-shot win at the Japan Open and winning the WGC-HSBC and the Taiheiyo Masters by seven shots each.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 05:07:00 PM