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Hideki Matsuyama

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (24) / 2/25/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 170

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Hideki Matsuyama is leaking oil ahead of his appointment with Baltusrol Golf Club's Lower Course at this week's PGA Championship.
The 24-year-old arrives in the middle of quite the slump, missing the cut in three of his last four starts, and T42 in the other. It's the first time he's posted four straight PGA TOUR finishes outside the top 30 since 2014. Looking at past PGA Championship appearances, he is 3-for-3 with a T19 in his 2013 debut being his best. His long-term potential is still as bright as any in the game, but his current form makes him really tough for gamers to trust this week. Jul 25 - 11:21 PM

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Past champ Hideki Matsuyama sleepwalked to a 1-over-par 37-36=73 in today's second round of the Memorial Tournament and at 3-over 74-73=147, missed the cut by five strokes.

A total of 75 players made the cut of 2-under 142 (the lowest cut in tournament history). For his part, the 2014 playoff winner, a pre-tourney 16/1 outright, kicked off his third appearance with a first-nine 2-under 34 on Thursday, but came home in 4-over 40, including a double bogey-5 and back-to-back bogeys to finish. Things didn't get better for the 24-year-old in R2, with four bogeys overshadowing three birdies. As would be expected, his stats suffered across the board, most notably a -2.976 in SG: Putting. Other notable early exits include: 143- Chris Kirk; Bill Haas; Patrick Rodgers ... 144- 2004 champ Ernie Els; Thorjorn Olesen; Rickie Fowler ... 146- Kevin Kisner ... 147- Paul Casey; Francesco Molinari ... 152- Hunter Mahan ... 154- Justin Thomas.
Jun 3 - 7:04 PM

Hideki Matusyama back-pedaled to a 1-over-par 38-35=73 in today's final round of THE PLAYERS to post 9-under 279, down five spots into a two-way T7, six in arrears of champion Jason Day.

Playing with Day in the final twosome, the 24-year-old began the finale four adrift of the would-be-champ after opening his third PLAYERS in 68-71-67. His 67 in R3 was the second-best lap of the day, tied his personal best at TPC Sawgrass (R1/2015), and was one of only six in the red (of 76 players) on a difficult course setup. Matsuyama was sketchy from the outset on Sunday, dropping three shots in his first three holes with bogey at the first and double bogey-5 at the third, both on failed sand saves. For the week, he was just 2-for-11 in that stat (27.27 percent), including just one of six in the finale. To his credit, he played his final 15 holes in three-birdie one-bogey 2-under, but never truly recovered. Matsuyama settles for a personal best at TPC Sawgrass, eclipsing T17 last year, and his fifth top 10 of the season on 13 starts.
May 15 - 8:35 PM

Hideki Matsuyama spun a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in today's third round of THE PLAYERS to post 10-under 206, up 34 places on the live leaderboard to T2 and good for the 54-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Matsuyama is in a three-way T2, four back of 54-hole leader Jason Day.

Matsuyama began the third frame on 5-under (T36), 10 adrift of 36-hole leader Jason Day. He opened his third PLAYERS with eight birdies in R1 -- but cut that in half with a pair of doubles for 68 -- and outpaced two bogeys in R2 with three circles for 71. The 24-year-old kicked off Moving Day with three straight circles on holes 1-3, each from inside of 13 feet, and connected another three on 10-12 with a long of 19'3" at the par-4 10th. In-between, he 3-putted the fourth and sixth for bogey-5s, not unusual on this day, sandwiching birdie-3 at the fifth. Matsuyama peppered 16 greens in regulation and is currently No. 1 in SGP at 6.763, including 2.411 in R3.
May 14 - 5:22 PM

Hideki Matsuyama tossed up a 3-under-par 36-33=69 in today's final round of the Wells Fargo Championship to finish on 4-under 284, up seven to T12 with play still in progress.

This will be Matsuyama's personal best at Quail Hollow in his third attempt -- previously T20 last year. He began the finale on 1-under T19 after opening in 74-71-70. The 24-year-old bogeyed the first on a 3-putt from 17'11" and the par-4 16th on a failed scramble, but in-between birdied Nos. 5, 10-12 and the 14th. He's currently sixth in strokes gained: tee-to-green with a cumulative 8.187, including 3.338 in R4, but is 55th (of 78) in strokes gained: putting at -0.304. On a positive note, Matsuyama posted progressively better rounds and heads to THE PLAYERS where he's posted progressively better finishes of T23 and T17 in the last two editions.
May 8 - 4:54 PM

Hideki Matsuyama carved out a 2-under-par 34-36=70 on Moving Day at the Wells Fargo Championship to reach the three-quarter pole on 1-under 215, up 32 spots on the live leaderboard to T30.

This is Matsuyama's third straight Wells Fargo with a best of T20 last year. He arrived off a one-month break after posting T7 at the Masters for his fourth top 10 of the season in 11 starts. The 24-year-old was one of 17 this week to make the 36-hole cut on the number at 1-over 74-71=145. On his round, he striped 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation, gaining 3.078 strokes tee-to-green at the time he signed his card. Matsuyama circled conventional birdies on Nos. 1, 2, 7 and 14 with a long of 22'9" at the par-3 second, and added a chip-in birdie-2 at 17 from 15'4" away. He squared bogeys on holes 3 and 12 on failed scrambles and 3-putted the par-3 13th from 18'3". At last check, Matsuyama posted a 0.545 in strokes gained: putting in R3, his first positive number of the week with the flat stick.
May 7 - 12:54 PM

World No. 14 Hideki Matsuyama stalled out to a 1-over-par 39-34=73 on day four of the 80th Masters to post even-par 288, down four places on the leaderboard and into a three-way T7.

A three-hole stretch on Sunday did-in the young Japanese star playing holes holes 4-6 in bogey-bogey-double. He also squared an opening bogey but played the other 14 holes in bogey-free 4-under. The 24-year-old, making his third pro appearance at Augusta National with a best of solo fifth last year, mustered just 10 greens in regulation and in another pivotal sequence, missed eagle on the par-5 13th from 6'0", missed birdie from 8'0" at 14 and missed birdie again from 7'0" at the par-5 15th. He then missed his final three GIR, though scrambling for pars.
Apr 10 - 9:32 PM

Hideki Matsuyama stalled out to an even-par 35-37=72 in the third round of the 80th Masters for a three-day total of 1-under 215, up two places on the live leaderboard to a two-way T3. UPDATE: With play completed, Matsuyama trails 54-hole leader Jordan Spieth by two.

Matsuyama was low amateur in his 2011 debut and also made the cut as an amateur in 2012, finishing T54. He missed the cut in 2014 in his first crack as a pro and then posted solo fifth last year on rounds of 71-70-70-66. The 24-year-old began day three on 1-under (T5) and was in solo second thru 10 holes after two-putt birdies on both of the front-nine par 5s, erasing bogey on the par-4 third (failed scramble). He circled his third birdie on the par-4 14th (from 27'0") but retreated with a three-putt bogey on the par-3 16th from 40 feet, and failed to get up-and-down on the par-4 17th. Matsuyama will play out of the penultimate twosome on Sunday with 58-year-old and two-time champ Bernhard Langer.
Apr 9 - 7:05 PM

Hideki Matsuyama styled an even-par 37-35=72 during the second round of the 80th Masters, climbing up the leaderboard to T5 at 1-under 143.

Matsuyama striped 12 (of 14) fairways but could manage just 10 greens in regulation. In large part, this was due to the heavy winds that wrecked havoc on the field. His round was looking like a lost cause early on, squaring bogeys in three of his first six holes. He bounced back with birdies in five of his next eight holes, with four of those rolls coming from outside nine feet. With a total of zero rounds posted in the 70s today, Matsuyama has to feel really good about this even-par 72 as he heads into the weekend just three strokes off the leader, Jordan Spieth.
Apr 8 - 7:01 PM

Hideki Matsuyama signed for a 1-under-par 34-37=71 during the first round of the 80th Masters.

Matsuyama was a little unconventional in his tee-to-green game today, hitting just eight (of 14) fairways and landing just eight greens in regulation. Despite the sloppy ball-striking, he squared just three bogeys. The putter was helpful in that regard, including a 14-footer to save par on the par-3 16th hole. Matsuyama should feel great about the juice he squeezed out of today's round, but he'll need to tidy that up if he wants to remain in contention as the week progresses.
Apr 7 - 5:09 PM

Hideki Matsuyama went wire-to-wire with a 4-and-2 victory over Soren Kjeldsen to keep his hopes alive after round two of the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play.

Kjeldsen spotted Matsuyama a 1-up start after missing a 3'10" par-saving attempt at the first. The Japanese start took advantage, stockpiling holes to reach 5-up through seven. Matsuyama gave Kjeldsen hope with back-to-back bogeys starting at the ninth and conceded the 11th hole after splashing his tee ball. He roared back with two straight birdies to regain control and coast to victory. Kjeldsen is now out of the equation moving forward, but will play potential spoiler against Rafa Cabrera-Bello tomorrow. Matsuyama will spar with Kevin Kisner, who is also 1-1-0 entering round three.
Mar 24 - 8:26 PM

Hideki Matsuyama painted a 5-under-par 32-35=67 in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to conclude his second appearance at 11-under 277, up 12 on the live leaderboard to T6.

Matsuyama went for T21 in his tourney debut last year and began this year's final frame on 6-under (T18) after 70-69-71. He striped 11 (of 14) fairways, hit a week-best 14 greens in regulation, and posted 1.643 putts per GIR. The 24-year-old played his first 17 holes in bogey-free 6-under, circling birdies on Nos. 1 (from 30'4"), 5, 7, 9, 12 and 16, before suffering his lone blemish with a failed scramble at the par-4 18th. His 67 is a new low at Bay Hill.
Mar 20 - 4:46 PM

Hideki Matsuyama held serve in the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, carding a 3-under-par 36-33=69 to arrive at the midpoint 5-under 138.

Matsuyama maintained his accuracy off the tee, striping 12 (of 14) fairways for the second straight round. He opened his round on the back nine and circled two birdies in his first three holes before cruising with pars until dropping his lone shot of the day at the par-4 first. Matsuyama did not hole a putt from outside 12 feet on the day, as his putter stayed calm throughout the round. He currently sits eight strokes off the leader, Jason Day, but could make a move if the flat stick warms up.
Mar 18 - 1:01 PM

Hideki Matsuyama returned from a recent hip injury with a strong opening 2-under-par 36-34=70 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

Matsuyama cited a right hip flexor as the reason for his WD at last week's Honda Classic. Playing a difficult Blue Monster track, he rattled off three birdies and an eagle to offset a three-pack of bogeys. With an average driving distance of just 280 yards today, we can't declare a clean bill of health just yet. Matsuyama took it easy off the tee today, piping just three drives over 300 yards. It could be related to the hip issue, or it could be a strategic move to play this golf course more conservatively. Gamers should continue to monitor this situation closely because a conservative approach is not usually the route taken by a long hitter at Trump National Doral.
Mar 3 - 6:30 PM

Japan's Hideki Matsuyama readies for his third consecutive WGC-Cadillac Championship after posting T34/2014 and T23 in last year's edition on rounds of 76-72-72-70.

For someone who just celebrated his 24th birthday (Feb. 25th), Matsuyama sure has his share of ailments. He was a WD after a first-round 71 at last week's Honda with a hip flexor -- the same injury he cited last year when he backed out on Monday prior -- and WD'd after a first-round 70 in the 2014 edition as well (wrist). Two weeks ago, he WD'd on Wednesday after nine holes of the Northern Trust pro-am (flu), but played the tournament proper for T11. Back in November, Matsuyama WD'd after two rounds at the WGC-HSBC Champions but one month ago, he won his second TOUR title (in his 60th pro start) in a two-man playoff at the WM Phoenix Open. Coin flip. He's paired the first two rounds with England's Danny Willett and American Brandt Snedeker.
Mar 2 - 2:28 PM