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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 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

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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

Hideki Matsuyama turned in a 3-under-par 34-35=69 for his opening round of the Wells Fargo Championship, checking up four swings in arrears of the clubhouse lead.

A favorite among gamers both because he's so good and he plays a ton -- he's 13-for-14 with seven top 10s this season -- Matsuyama didn't let us down yet again today. He rolled in six birdies on 13 chances, including a pair from 12-14 feet. That helped offset just 2-for-5 in scrambling with three bogeys, but Quail Hollow is no pushover, so any sub-70 is welcome.
May 14 - 1:35 PM

Hideki Matsuyama turned in a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in today's opening round of THE PLAYERS, good for sole possession of the clubhouse lead.

The 23-year-old from Japan bumped Troy Merritt and Ben Martin from their spot atop the leaderboard when he buried a birdie from 11'9" at the par-5 ninth hole, his last of the trot around TPC Sawgrass. Overall, he went 6-for-12 in scoring opportunities with six birdies. His longest clipped his last conversion by one inch at the par-3 13th. Matsuyama also poured in a par save from 10'11" at No. 6, but couldn't avoid a square at the par-4 first where he penciled in a 5. At the time he signed his card, he ranked inside the top 10 in both strokes-gained stats. A balanced attack works well on most tracks, but especially this Pete Dye design.
May 7 - 1:19 PM

Hideki Matsuyama made quick work of Kevin Na in the third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship during which he hung up a 5-and-4 pummeling.

In one of the more underrated bouts of the day, Matsuyama and Na traded respective wins at Nos. 2 and 3. They matched pars at 4 and 5 before Na lost Nos. 6 and 7 with bogeys. He turned in 1-down thanks to a birdie-2 at the ninth hole. Matsuyama then hit the gas. The 23-year-old buried birdies at 10, 12, 13 and 14, the last clinching the win. He sailed into the round of 16 with a 3-0 record. Na settled at 1-2.
May 1 - 9:14 PM

It took a while to develop, but Hideki Matsuyama logged a 2-up victory over Joost Luiten in the second round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

Matsuyama opened bogey-par-bogey and promptly sat 2-down after three holes. Somehow, both parred the next 10 holes before the Japanese broke the silence with birdie-wins at 14, 15 and 16. The latter yielded the lead. After trading pars at the par-3 17th, Matsuyama walked off with an eagle-3 to Luiten's 4. Now 2-0, Matsuyama will go for the berth into the round of 16 on Friday against Kevin Na (1-1). Luiten (1-1) will face Alexander Levy (0-2).
Apr 30 - 7:12 PM

Hideki Matsuyama rolled to a 5-and-4 victory over Alexander Levy in the first round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

Matsuyama fired the first shot with a birdie-4 at the first hole. He retained the lead, but didn't really step on the gas until connecting birdies at 11, 12 and 13 to open a 4-up margin. Levy's bogey-5 at 14 was all she wrote for the Frenchman in his debut in the tournament. Overall, Matsuyama buried five birdies again just one bogey. The 23-year-old talent from Japan will square off against Joost Luiten in the second round. Levy will attempt to remain mathematically alive against Kevin Na.
Apr 29 - 9:16 PM

Hideki Matsuyama enters this week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play Championship with a 1-2 career match-play record on his resume.

The Japanese phenom won his 2014 WGC-Match Play debut against Martin Kaymer before falling to Graeme McDowell in round two. Prior to that, he was taken down by Hunter Mahan at the 2013 Presidents Cup. Both Mahan and McDowell are two of the toughest outs when it comes to match play. Matsuyama will kick off this week with matches against Joost Luiten, Kevin Na, and Alexander Levy. Gamers should consider Matsuyama the favorite to advance, but also be very aware of Luiten's match-play prowess.
Apr 28 - 9:40 PM

Hideki Matsuyama enjoyed a bogey-free, 6-under-par 35-31=66 in today's final round of the 79th Masters to post 11-under 277, good for sole possession of the 72-hole clubhouse lead.

Matsuyama went 6-for-6 in scrambling and picked off an eagle-3 at the 13th hole to highlight five par breakers. The set featured birdies at the par-4 10th, 11th and 18th holes. He signed his card sitting T4 on the leaderboard. His best finish in a major upon arrival was a T6 at the 2013 Open Championship. This will mark his first top 25 in four starts at Augusta National and fourth top 10 in eight starts in 2015.
Apr 12 - 6:16 PM