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Hideki Matsuyama

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/25/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 170

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World No. 6 Hideki Matsuyama, a pre-tourney 33/1 outright, makes final preparations for the 2018 Masters and tees it up in Round 1 at 10:09 AM EDT with first-timer Patton Kizzire and Paul Casey. UPDATE: Matsuyama finished 19th on 3-under 285 (73-71-72-69), his sixth straight top-25 finish in majors, which is the longest active top-25 streak.
The 25-year-old is one of just three players in the field to post top-25 finishes in all four majors last year (Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar). He's the only one of those three, however, to record all top 15s, including a back-door T11 here with a day-tying-low 67. He's 5-for-6 at Augusta National with three top 25s and two top 10s, highlighted by a closing 66 for solo 5th in 2015. Matsuyama also posted a T7 in 2016 where he was T3 thru 54 holes (71-72-72-73). Overall, this is his 22nd major with 12 top 25s, five straight top 14s, and seven top 10s with a best of T2 at last year's U.S. Open (Erin Hills). The only question mark is a wrist injury that the Japanese star suffered at the Phoenix Open nine weeks ago, where he was a two-time defending champ. He WD after an opening 69 and then missed five weeks before returning to a T49 at Bay Hill and a T36 (as a 5-seed) at the Match Play (1-2-0 record). Apr 4 - 6:25 PM

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Hideki Matsuyama continues to push back his return to action with the latest timetable showing an expected return at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in two weeks.

Matsuyama's wrist saga continues. He originally backed out of the Waste Management Phoenix Open and returned to Japan to get the wrist looked at. Matsuyama hoped to return for the Genesis Open or WGC-Mexico. That proved to be too optimistic but he then committed to the Valspar Championship. However, he returned to the States on Wednesday, as reported by Tim Rosaforte of Golf Channel, to have his first (outdoor) practice session since the injury. Matsuyama did not feel his game was up to the task for next week's Valspar so his expected return is now in two weeks time, at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The Japanese star sets up his American base in Orlando so this will be an easy event to prepare for, being a local. Gamers shouldn't Sharpie him in for the API just yet, but that is the expected return, for now.
Mar 1 - 12:16 PM

Hideki Matsuyama will not return during his original timeline, skipping this week's WGC-Mexico Championship but he has committed to next week's Valspar Championship, marking his return from a wrist injury.

Matsuyama was a mid-tournament WD at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He was playing the role of defending champion but could last just one round due to a left wrist injury. Since then, he returned to Japan to get an MRI and have his wrist examined. There was no structural damage but rest was the suggested route. Matsuyama's camp originally announced a likely return at the Genesis Open or WGC-Mexico but he is a no-show for both events. On the bright side, the Valspar Championship shared some news on Twitter saying, "Two big additions to the field on Friday - OWGR #5 @JustinRose99 and OWGR #6 Hideki Matsuyama are coming to the #ValsparChampionship." Next week's event in Tampa is attracting a monster field this year. You could look at Matsuyama's delayed return a few different ways. One, maybe he's playing it cautious and a delay is a good thing. Two, maybe he had a setback and this delay is not so good. Either way, he will be a risky investment for gamers next week.
Feb 26 - 8:22 AM

Two-time defending champ and World No. 5 Hideki Matsuyama withdrew prior to the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open citing a left-wrist injury. UPDATE: According to Tim Rosaforte of Golf Channel, Hideki Matsuyama has returned to Japan to have an MRI on his wrist and was told there is no structural damage. He is hopeful to return next week at Riviera or at the upcoming WGC-Mexico Championship.

The 25-year-old, a pre-tourney 10/1 outright, was scheduled off No. 1 tee at 12:02 PM MST, so Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson will now be a 2-ball. This is his fifth mid-tourney WD in 110 career events (105 pro), first since the 2016 Honda Classic. Matsuyama had opened with a five-birdie three-bogey 69.
Feb 2 - 2:07 PM

World No. 5 Hideki Matsuyama has survived playoffs in each of the last two Waste Management Phoenix Opens, making his way back this week for another crack at TPC Scottsdale.

Matsuyama rattled off a score of 14-under 270 in each of his first three visits to TPC Scottsdale (T4-T2-WIN). Last year, he went even deeper, climbing to 17-under 267 before handling Webb Simpson in a playoff (beat Rickie Fowler in a playoff the year before). If Matsuyama completed the hat trick this week, he'd be the first to accomplish three straight wins at an event since Steve Stricker at the John Deere Classic (2009 thru 2011). Matsuyama also arrives fresh from a backdoor top 15 at the Farmers. Everything is setting up for another strong showing in the Valley of the Sun.
Jan 30 - 9:17 AM

World No. 5 Hideki Matsuyama, a pre-tourney 14/1 outright, readies for his fifth Farmers Insurance Open and kicks off on the North Course at Torrey Pines grouped with Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson. UPDATE: Matsuyama finished T12 on 5-under 283 (72-69-73-69).

The 25-year-old is 2-for-4 in the 2-course event with a best of T16 on debut in 2014, adding a T33 last year (71-70-71-72). In 12 career laps on the par-72 layouts, he owns a 71.25 scoring average with seven rounds in the red. The Japanese star has posted two top 5s in three no-cut events so far this season, a T5 at the CIMB Classic and a T4 at the Sentry TOC three weeks ago. In between, he also posted a T5 at the unoffical Hero World Challenge as defending champ. Matsuyama's most recent of five TOUR titles (108 career events) was the no-cut WGC-Bridgestone Invitational nine starts ago (early August).
Jan 24 - 4:30 PM

World No. 5 Hideki Matsuyama painted a bogey-free 7-under-par 34-32=66 in the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions to post 14-under 278, up nine places on the live leaderboard to solo 3rd, good for the low round of the day thus far and tying the low round of the week with five others. UPDATE: With play completed, Matsuyama finished T4, 10 back of champion Dustin Johnson, who shot a day- and week-low round of 65.

The 25-year-old is the clubhouse leader but a full eight shots adrift of the leader on the course Dustin Johnson. He was making his third appearance after T3 in 2015 and solo 2nd last year, and his third official start of the season. The Japanese star will record his second top 10, joining T5 at the CIMB Classic in his season debut. After opening in 70-70-72, he began T12 on 7-under, one back of the overnight top 10 and nine back of 54-hole leader Johnson. Matsuyama conjured eight (of 15) fairways and hit 16 greens in regulation, gaining 2.497 strokes approaching-the-green, currently No. 1 in the latter with a cumulative 6.964. He missed four birdie tries from between seven and eight feet, but did circle five at holes 2, 6, 12, 16 and 17, adding eagle-3 at 15 from 10'6". Matsuyama posted 1.625 putts per GIR and 1.163 SG: Putting, taking 28 total putts.
Jan 7 - 8:48 PM

Hideki Matsuyama styled a 3-under-par 33-37=70 during round two of the Sentry Tournament of Champions, keeping his name inside the top 10 with a two-day tally of 6-under 140.

Dealing with blustery conditions, Matsuyama found just six (of 15) fairways today. Still, he recovered to land 14 greens in regulation. Quite a few of those approach shots landed just outside of reasonable birdie range. He missed four chances from the 12-to-18 foot range which is not unreasonable. However, he made up for those misses with a pair of birdie bombs from outside 30 feet. The first came from 32'3" at the par-3 eighth and he'd later add another birdie from 36'7" at the par-4 17th. Matsuyama has grinded his way through the first 36 holes but is still right in the mix heading into the weekend.
Jan 5 - 9:30 PM

Hideki Matsuyama pieced together a 3-under-par 34-36=70 during round one of the Sentry Tournament of Champions, placing his name inside the top 10 after day one.

Matsuyama split nine (of 15) fairways but did most of his damage on approach. An early hiccup with the flat stick (missed 3'9" par putt at the 1st) didn't sour his round. He recovered nicely but still lost nearly a stroke to the field in the putting department. That will always be the wildcard for Matsuyama who dominates from tee-to-green, nearly everytime out. A runner-up finisher last year, Matsuyama is right in the thick of things again after day one.
Jan 4 - 10:17 PM

Hideki Matsuyama hoisted the hardware at the end of last year's Hero World Challenge and returns this week for another crack at Albany in The Bahamas.

Matsuyama opened with a 7-under 65 last year to sit one off the lead set by J.B. Holmes. He then fired a six-birdie 67 en route to the co-lead at the midpoint. The floodgates opened in round three when Matsuyama torched the course for another 65, the low round of the day to take a commanding seven-shot lead, allowing him to coast through the finish line on Sunday. Matsuyama circled 22 birdies and an eagle by week's end. This was all a stark contrast to one year prior when Matsuyama finished in a share of last place during his debut at Albany. Which version will show up this week? That is yet to be determined but his scoring prowess on par 5s makes him a top-tier target for gamers this week.
Mon, Nov 27, 2017 07:58:00 PM

World No. 4 Hideki Matsuyama lapped the field last year at Sheshan International and returns this week for a chance to defend his title at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

Matsuyama arrived at last year's HSBC Champions with a pair of WDs in three previous visits. He erased all those bad vibes after opening the week with a 6-under 66, five better than his previous best R1 here. A second-round 65 opened up a three-shot victory and he never looked back, ending the week with a seven-shot romping over the nearest competitors. Last year he entered on the heels of three straight top 5s, internationally. This time he'll have to settle for T5-T26-T47 in his last three starts. Playing in Asia, you have to give Matsuyama a slight bump in comfort level, but it will still be a tall task to defend in this caliber of a field. Still, gamers should consider Matsuyama a very strong option in all formats this week.
Mon, Oct 23, 2017 03:48:00 PM

World No. 3 Hideki Matsuyama patched together a 1-under-par 35-36=71 in the final round of the CIMB Classic, dropping one spot to T5 on 16-under 272, a distant eight in arrears of champion Pat Perez.

The 25-year-old was the top-ranked player in OWGR and a pre-tourney 8/1 outright, second on the bookmaker's food chain. This was his fifth CIMB and third straight top 10, all doubling as top 5s, including a best of solo 2nd last year. After finishing last season a career-best 8th in the final FedExCup standings, he chased with a disappointing 1-2-1 record at the Presidents Cup. The Japanese star began R4 in a two-way T4 following laps ot 70-68-63. He striped all 14 fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, posting a pedestrian 1.929 putts per GIR. Matsuyama squared bogey-5s at Nos. 12 and 13, slightly outpaced by three circles at 4, 11 and 18. This is his best finish on TOUR since T5 at the PGA five starts ago, which chased his fifth career title at the WGC-Bridgestone, his third win last season in 22 starts.
Sun, Oct 15, 2017 09:06:00 AM

World No. 3 Hideki Matsuyama torched TPC Kuala Lumpur for a bogey-free 9-under-par 31-32=63 in round three of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia but only managed to pull a single shot back on leader Pat Perez and, at 15-under 201, will start the final day six off the pace.

The Japanese star needed to go low today and did so with a burst of five straight birdies on his front nine from Nos. 4-8, another at 10 and three to close with at 16, 17 and 18. That moved him four spots up the leaderboard to T4 but still with something of a mountain to climb after Perez answered with a 64. Matsuyama's 63 was one lower than the second-round 64 which helped him finish runner-up in this tournament last year. He said later: "There were a couple of shorter putts that I wasn't able to convert, but all in all, I'm very happy with the round I played today. I'll just go home, get some rest and tee it up tomorrow and do my very best. You know, with the way Pat is playing, I don't know if he can be caught or not."
Sat, Oct 14, 2017 06:02:00 AM

Hideki Matsuyama defeated Justin Thomas 3-and-1 in Sunday singles at the Presidents Cup, ending the week with a 1-2-1 record while cup rookie Thomas suffered his first loss, departing 3-1-1.

This was Match No. 3 of the day and the Internationals second win. Overall, it was just their fourth win in 21 matches. The US would clinch the cup shortly after this match concluded with Daniel Berger taking down Si Woo Kim 2-and-1 in Match No. 4. Matsuyama, who carded seven birdies and an eagle, won six holes while Thomas won just three, at holes 1, 5 and 16, the latter with par. Thomas took an early 1 UP lead with birdie-3 at the first and after the second was halved with birdie-4s, lost the third to Matsuyama's par and would never regain a lead. He was all square after birdie-3 at 5, but Matsuyama won hole 6 with birdie-3 and never relinquished the advantage. Thomas circled holes 8, 9, 11 and 12, but so did Matsuyama. The Japanese star finally found his form on Sunday, but by then, it was too little, too late.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 04:49:00 PM

FedExCup leader and World No. 2 Hideki Matsuyama bogeyed two of his final three holes en route to a 1-under-par 34-35=69 in the second round of THE NORTHERN TRUST and at 3-over 74-69=143, missed the cut by one shot.

A total of 70 players from a field of 120 made the cut of 2-over 142. With the MC, just the second of the season in 19 events (Genesis Open), the 25-year-old and pre-tourney co-fave outright (10/1), is projecting to drop at least five spots in the FEC standings. He opened in birdie-less 4-over 74 but had gained just about all of that back thru 15 holes, outpacing bogey-5 at hole 8 with four birdies at 3 and 9-11. The wheels started coming off at the par-3 16th, short-siding in a greenside bunker and leaving a 41'1" par-saver -- missed -- and then walked off with a 3-putt bogey from 42'1". Other notable early exits include: 143- Marc Leishman; Zach Johnson; Branden Grace .. 144- Bill Haas; Francesco Molinari .. 145- J.B. Holmes; Brian Harman; Jimmy Walker .. 146- Gary Woodland .. 148- Ollie Schniederjans .. 151- Rafa Cabrera Bello.
Fri, Aug 25, 2017 06:41:00 PM