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Hideki Matsuyama

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

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17-seed Hideki Matsuyama pieced together a 1-under-par 34-35=69 in today's final round of the TOUR Championship to conclude his third visit on 6-under 274, good for solo fifth, brushing aside a previous best of T12 last year.
The 24-year-old began the finale in solo fifth and that's where he finished, but does bump four spots to a career-best 13th in the final FedExCup standings, eclipsing a 16th-place finish last season. Matsuyama was 3-under thru 17 holes, camouflaging a lone bogey-5 at the 14th with birdies on Nos. 9, 11, 12 and 17, but walked off with a double bogey-7 after taking five to get to the surface on the par-5 18th. For the week, he totaled 18 birdies versus seven doubles and one triple en route to his eighth top 10 of the season in 23 starts. Sep 25 - 6:19 PM

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17-seed Hideki Matsuyama rallied for a 2-under-par 34-34=68 in the third round of the TOUR Championship to post 5-under 205, down two places to solo fifth, three shy of 54-hole co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell.

The 24-year-old answered a triple bogey-7 at the 14th with birdies on 15, 17 and 18 to get back into the red on the day. Earlier, he camouflaged bogey-5 at seven (failed scramble) with birdies on Nos. 5, 6 and 13, the latter from 16'9". At the par-4 14th, Matsuyama took five to get on the surface and missed a chance to "save" double from 6'3". His bounce back was fueled by his longest conversion of the day, dropping a 29'6" bomb at the difficult par-3 15th. Matsuyama's six birdies (on 13 greens in regulation) matched his output in R1, where he co-led with Johnson and Chappell.
Sep 24 - 5:13 PM

Overnight tri-leader Hideki Matsuyama patched together a 1-over-par 36-35=71 in the second round of the TOUR Championship to reach halftime on 3-under 137, down two spots to T3, four shy of 36-hole leader Dustin Johnson.

The 17-seed co-led with Johnson and Kevin Chappell with an opening 66. It was his second lead/co-lead after 18 holes this season (23 starts), joining a three-way tie for the top spot at the Phoenix Open, which he eventually would go on to win for his second TOUR title. The 24-year-old mustered a pair of birdie-4s on the two par 5s, from 5'11" and 8'10", respectively, but that would be it. He overshadowed them with bogey-5s at holes 1 and 8 (failed sand saves) and "saving" a bogey at the par-3 15th from 23'5". Matsuyama landed seven (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, posting a pedestrian 1.846 putts per GIR and -0.675 SG: Putting.
Sep 23 - 6:18 PM

Hideki Matsuyama caught fire with the putter en route to a 4-under-par 33-33=66 during the opening round of the TOUR Championship, claiming an early piece of the clubhouse lead along with Kevin Chappell.

Matsuyama opened with day with a 6'3" birdie roll at the par-4 first hole. It was one of just three birdies surrounded by the entire field at the difficult opener. He gave it back at No. 2 before rattling off a three-hole birdie train starting at the par-4 fourth. Two of the three came on putts from just under 18 feet. The 24-year-old would sprinkle in three more splashes from outside 10 feet before the round was over, gaining 3.927 strokes putting on the day. It is unlikely we see a repeat on the putting surface as the week progresses, since he arrived 125th in strokes gained putting. However, he's given himself a nice bonus and he'll let his ball-striking take over from here.
Sep 22 - 4:46 PM

World No. 18 Hideki Matsuyama is making his third straight appearance in the TOUR Championship.

After a points reset, everyone at East Lake has a mathematical chance to win the FedExCup, including 17-seed Matsuyama. He'll need a lot of assistance but first, has to win. If the Japanese star does, it will be just a second top 10 in 12 career Playoffs events (T7, 2015 BMW), and second win of the season in 23 events, joining a playoff win in Phoenix back in February. He opened the postseason with a MC at The Barclays and followed with T15 (Deutsche Bank) and T24 at the BMW Championship (68-71-69-74). The 24-year-old is a cumulative 6-over-par in two trips to Atlanta with a scoring average of 70.75.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 21 - 4:41 PM

Hideki Matsuyama breezed through Crooked Stick Golf Club with a 4-under-par 33-35=68 during round one of the BMW Championship.

Matsuyama was dialed in with his irons, pelting 14 greens en route to 3.017 strokes gained approach-the-green. The rest of his game really lagged behind, as he split just seven fairways and did not convert a putt from outside 4'5" on the round. Through one round of action, Matsuyama sits at T8 on the leaderboard, but he'll need to start draining some putts if he wants to remain near the top. The 24-year-old entered the week ranked 16th in the FedExCup standings.
Sep 9 - 10:21 AM

Hideki Matsuyama signed for a 4-under-par 34-33=67 after the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship for a three-day tally of 7-under 206, currently T11 on the leaderboard.

The 24-year-old is making his third appearance with a best of T25 last year (71-65-69-75). He arrived 17th in the FedExCup standings and off a missed cut at The Barclays, his fourth MC in his last seven starts. Sandwiched in there, were top-4 finishes at the PGA and the Wyndham. Matsuyama kicked off in 69-70 to begin R3 on 3-under (T46). He squared bogeys at nine and 16 (failed scrambles), but overshadowed them with six birdies on 13 greens in regulation, each from inside of 10 feet. The Ehime, Japan, native's putting has improved each lap, posting 1.615 putts per GIR and 1.356 SG: Putting.
Sep 4 - 2:17 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, Hideki Matsuyama crashed and burned to a 4-over-par 35-40=75 in today's second round of The Barclays and at 4-over 71-75=146, missed the cut by one stroke.

A total of 79 players made the cut of 3-over 145. Effective last year, there is no 54-hole/MDF cut in the Playoffs. Matsuyama was making his third straight appearance and had posted progressively better finishes of T30 in 2014 (Ridgewood CC) and T13 last season (Plainfield CC). He entered the week at No. 12 in the FedExCup standings and off consecutive top-4 finishes at the PGA Championship and last week at the Wyndham. After an up-and-down even-par 71 to kick off, he squared four bogeys and a double bogey-6 in R2 before finally connecting for back-to-back birdies on 6 and 7. The 24-year-old mustered just 11 GIR and a dismal -3.710 in SG: Putting. Other notable early exits include: 146- Si Woo Kim ... 147- Daniel Summerhays; Jimmy Walker; Danny Lee; Kevin Na ... 148- Bill Haas; David Lingmerth; Graeme McDowell ... 149- Marc Leishman; Francesco Molinari ... 150- Branden Grace.
Aug 26 - 7:12 PM

Hideki Matsuyama signed for a 3-under-par 33-34=67 after the final round of the Wyndham Championship to reach 15-under 265, up three places to T3 with play suspended due to lightning in the area.

The 24-year-old was making his fourth appearance and cashes his second check, brushing aside a previous best of solo 15th on debut in 2013. He began the final round in a four-way T6 on 12-under, six back of 54-hole leader Si Woo Kim. Matsuyama circled four birdies on 16 greens in regulation for a pedestrian 1.833 putts per GIR and -0.344 in SG: Putting. His lone bogey was a 3-putt at the par-4 14th from 18'1". For the week, Matsuyama is currently T1 in total bogeys with only three, but did eat double bogey-6 in R3, and is first in SG: Off-the-Tee (5.688), but 48th in SGP at -0.248. If the T3 holds, it'll be his second-best finish of the season (P1, WMPO) and seventh top 10 in 19 starts, second straight (T4, PGA).
Aug 21 - 6:00 PM

Hideki Matsuyama stalled out to a 2-under-par 32-36=68 in today's third round of the Wyndham Championship to post 12-under 198, down four places into a four-way T6, six in arrears to 54-hole leader Si Woo Kim.

The 24-year-old ended yesterday's bogey-free 64 with an inward 30. Today, he was six shots worse on the back nine, erasing birdie-3s at 13 and 17 with a 3-putt bogey (from 27'8") and a 3-putt double bogey-6 (from 36'8") at the 11th. He went out in blemish-free 3-under, circling holes 3 (21'8"), 5 and 9. Matsuyama split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, but suffered through a -2.318 in SG: Putting. On top of the aforementioned 3-jacks, he also missed five birdie putts from inside of 10 feet, lowlighted by a whiff from 3'11" at the par-3 12th.
Aug 20 - 7:09 PM

Hideki Matsuyama smoothed a bogey-free 6-under-par 34-30=64 in the second round of the Wyndham Championship to reach halftime on 10-under 130, up six places on the live leaderboard to T2, two shy of 36-hole leader Si Woo Kim.

The 24-year-old sleepwalked on his first half, circling a lone two-putt birdie-4 at the fifth, missing eagle from 10'6". He also missed two scoring chances at the fourth and ninth, from 9'5" and 9'4", respectively. The two-time TOUR winner awoke after the break for a five-birdie 30, circling Nos. 10 (17'6"), 12, 14, 15 and 17 (10'6"). He landed 10 (of 14) fairways and peppered 16 greens in regulation, contributing to 4.983 SG: Tee-to-Green.
Aug 19 - 6:46 PM

Hideki Matsuyama led off his week at the Wyndham Championship with a 4-under-par 33-33=66, three strokes off the early lead.

Matsuyama took care of business off the tee, today, splitting 11 (of 14) fairways while averaging 316.1 yards on his measured drives. He walked off the course ranking fifth in strokes gained off-the-tee (+1.576). From there, he landed 15 greens and splashed home three putts from outside 10 feet. The most notable was a 20'7" birdie bomb at the par-4 eighth hole. Matsuyama has missed the cut here each of the last two seasons, including last year despite opening with a 5-under 65. The 24-year-old will need to keep his foot on the gas to avoid a repeat of last year.
Aug 18 - 1:29 PM

Hideki Matsuyama conjured up a bogey-free 2-under-par 34-34=68 in today's final round of the 98th PGA Championship to finish off his fourth appearance on 9-under 271, up one place on the live leaderboard to T4. UPDATE: With play completed, Matsuyama finished in a three-way T4, his best major finish, eclipsing solo fifth at the 2015 Masters.

The 24-year-old's previous best at the PGA and lone top 25 was T19 on debut in 2013. (Oak Hill CC). It's his second top 10 in the season's four majors, book-ending missed cuts at the U.S. Open and The Open with T7 at the Masters. It's Matsuyama's sixth top 10 of the season in 18 starts, first since T7 at THE PLAYERS. He played 36 holes on Sunday, squaring just one bogey against six circles, but only two of those birdies came in the finale. Matsuyama peppered 16 greens in regulation in R4, posting a pedestrian 1.875 putts per GIR and -0.343 in SG: Putting. He's currently 74th for the week in SGP while No. 1 in SG: Tee-to-Green at a cumulative 12.902. Matsuyama's career-best major finish in 17 tries is solo fifth at the 2015 Masters.
Jul 31 - 6:46 PM

Hideki Matsuyama hung up a 3-under-par 33-34=67 in the two-day third round of the 98th PGA Championship to post 7-under 203, up four places to T5, two back of 54-hole clubhouse leader Brooks Koepka.

The 24-year-old was one of 10 who didn't even get started in Saturday's third-round action. He played all 18 on Sunday, outpacing bogey-5 at the fifth with birdies on Nos. 2, 9, 10 and 18. Matsuyama split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation, posting 1.750 putts per GIR. His final frame is scheduled to get underway at 2:40 p.m. ET.
Jul 31 - 11:04 AM

Helped by a hole out for eagle at No. 2, Hideki Matsuyama painted a 3-under-par 32-35=67 in the second round of the 98th PGA Championship in New Jersey to land at 4-under 136 at the midpoint.

That's currently up 13 spots on the leaderboard to T8 and just two behind clubhouse leader Henrik Stenston although Jimmy Walker is at 10-under playing 17. The Japanese star gave his round a sudden jolt when holing his 127-yard approach at the par-4 second and put another '2' on his card two holes later. That started a run of birdie-bogey-birdie-bogey before he settled into a groove of 10 straight pars. Matsuyama rounded off a strong day with a 13'9" conversion at 18. After a run of three missed cuts and T42 at Firestone in his last four starts, this is much more in line with what we've come to expect from the 24-year-old, who won in Phoenix back in February. It puts him on track to record a first top 10 in the PGA, something he's achieved at each of the other three majors, including T7 at the Masters in April.
Jul 29 - 6:16 PM