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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 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. Oct 23 - 3:48 PM

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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.
Oct 15 - 9:06 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."
Oct 14 - 6:02 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.
Oct 1 - 4:49 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.
Aug 25 - 6:41 PM

Second-round co-leader and World No. 3 Hideki Matsuyama bobbed and weaved to a 1-over-par 34-38=72 in the final round of the 99th PGA Championship, dropping three spots into a two-way T5 on 5-under 279, three adrift of champion and playing competitor Justin Thomas, who shot 68.

After opening in 70-64-73, the FedExCup leader began T2, one back of 54-hole leader Kevin Kisner. Playing out of the penultimate twosome, he hit eight (of 14) fairways and conjured 10 greens in regulation, losing 0.525 strokes around-the-green and gaining just 0.085 tee-to-green. The 25-year-old circled five at Nos. 6, 7, 10, 14 and 15, two from between 11 and 23 feet, outbalanced by six bogeys at 2, 11-13, 16 and 18, five on failed scrambles and the walk-off 5 after hitting his tee ball into the water, costing a share of 2nd-place. Matsuyama missed three putts from inside of five feet, posting 1.600 putts per GIR but -0.258 SG: Putting. This was his third top 25 in five PGA's and second top 10, second straight (T4/2016). It's Matsuyama's 12th top 25 in 21 majors, fifth straight, and seventh top 10 and fourth top 5.
Aug 13 - 8:20 PM

FedExCup leader and World No. 3 Hideki Matsuyama patched together a 2-over-par 35-38=73 in the third round of the 99th PGA Championship to post 6-under 207, down one places into a two-way T2, one shy of playing competitor and 54-hole leader Kevin Kisner, and will play out of the penultimate twosome on Championship Sunday.

After opening in 70-64, the 25-year-old co-led with Kisner, two clear of Jason Day, who completed the final threesome. He landed eight (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, posting 0.719 SG: Off-the-Tee but -1.681 SG: Approach-the-Green. He circled a lone birdie-4 at seven, two-putting from 17'8", overshadowed by three bogeys at 1, 12 and 13 (failed scrambles). The Japanese star recorded a dismal 2.000 putts per GIR and -0.530 SG: Putting, needing 30 total putts. His best finish in 20 previous major appearances is T2 at the 2017 U.S. Open (Erin Hills), where he was T14 thru 54 holes and closed in 6-under 66.
Aug 12 - 8:12 PM

FedExCup leader and World No. 3 Hideki Matsuyama painted a bogey-free 7-under-par 33-31=64 in the second round of the 99th PGA Championship to post 8-under 134, up 14 places to T1, matching Kevin Kisner for the 36-hole clubhouse lead and tying Francesco Molinari/R2 for the low round of the week thus far. UPDATE: If the co-lead holds up -- and it should -- it will he his second 36-hole lead/co-lead in his 101st career start (96 pro), winning the 2017 WGC-HSBC Champions as 36-hole leader.

This is the 25-year-old's fifth PGA and after an opening 70, is a perfect 5-for-5. He has two previous top 25s and one top 10, a T4 last year. Overall, this is Matsuyama's 21st major appearance with a best of T2 at the 2017 U.S. Open (Erin Hills). His opener featured six birdies, slightly outbalancing five bogeys, but similar to last week's career-low 61 to win the Bridgestone, he was blemish-free on Day 2 at Quail Hollow, despite being interrupted by a 1 hour, 43-minute rain delay. The Japanese phenom landed nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, posting 2.581 SG: Approach and 4.937 SG: Tee-to-Green. He circled seven at holes 5, 7, 12-15 and 17, all from inside of 12 feet. Matsuyama's recorded a tidy 1.417 putts per GIR and 4.500 SG: Putting, needing just 23 total putts.
Aug 11 - 8:12 PM

World No. 3 Hideki Matsuyama painted a career-low bogey-free 9-under-par 30-31=61 in the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to post 16-under 264, good for a five-shot win over 54-hole co-leader Zach Johnson, his fifth PGA TOUR title in his 100th career start (95 pro) -- fourth come from behind -- and tying the course record with three others.

The 25-year-old, a pre-tourney 18/1 outright, bags his third title of the season in 17 starts, tying the season lead with Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson. Banking 550 FedExCup points, he bumps two spots to the top of the FEC standings. This was the Japanese star's fifth Bridgestone with a previous-best T12 in 2014. Overall, it was his 17th WGC event, third top 10 and second win, joining his seven-shot victory at the HSBC back in October. After kicking off in 69-67-67, he began in solo 4th, two back. Matsuyama found seven (of 14) fairways and pelted 15 greens in regulation, posting 6.578 SG: Tee-to-Green and 8.421 SG: Total. He circled holes 3, 6, 9, 13 and 16-18, all from inside of 15 feet, adding a pitch-in eagle-3 at the 2nd from 58 feet away. Matsuyama recorded 1.467 putts per GIR and 1.432 SG: Putting, needing just 25 total putts.
Aug 6 - 6:00 PM

World No. 3 Hideki Matsuyama authored a 3-under-par 32-35=67 in the third round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to post 7-under 203, down one place to solo 4th, two shy of 54-hole co-leaders Zach Johnson and Thomas Pieters.

After kicking off in 69-67, the 25-year-old began T3, three back of 36-hole leader Jimmy Walker. He found eight (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, registering 2.327 SG: Approach-the-Green and 3.529 SG: Tee-to-Green. The Japanese star squared back-to-backs at 10 and 11, missed par-savers from 5'5" and 4'1", respectively, camouflaged by five birdies at Nos. 2, 5, 8, 14 and 17, two from between 26 and 29 feet. He posted 1.667 putts per GIR and a pedestrian -0.068 SG: Putting, taking 28 total putts.
Aug 5 - 7:15 PM

World No. 3 Hideki Matsuyama twirled a 3-under-par 34-33=67 in the weather-delayed second round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to reach 4-under 136, up 12 spots to T3, three adrift of 36-hole leader Jimmy Walker.

This is the 25-year-old's fifth Bridgestone with two prior top 25s, including a best of T12 in 2014 (70-71-65-68). Overall, it's his 17th WGC event with two prior top 10s, highlighted by his win at the HSBC Champions back in October (as 36- and 54-hole leader). The Japanese phenom kicked off with an up-and-down 69 (seven birdies, six bogeys) on five (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation. On Day 2, he landed nine fairways and 15 GIR, gaining 4.366 strokes tee-to-green. Matsuyama squared a lone bogey-5 at 10 (3-putt from 46'10"), offset by three conventional birdies at 12, 14 (from 24'4") and 17, adding a pitch-in 3 at the par-4 eighth from 61'2" away. He posted 1.867 putts per GIR and -0.367 SG: Putting, and is currently No. 1 in total birdies with 11.
Aug 4 - 7:04 PM

Hideki Matsuyama matched the early clubhouse target, smoothing a 4-under-par 32-34=66 during round three of The 146th Open to join Branden Grace as early co-leaders on 4-under 206 as the leaders on the course come down the final stretch.

Matsuyama took advantage of calm conditions on Moving Day, trading five birdies with a lone bogey. Birdies have come in bunches for the elite ball-striker who now has 13 birdies on the week. Surprisingly, he's played the par 5s at just even par this week, providing plenty of room for improvement on Sunday. Matsuyama should feel very comfortable in his current position since he's finished T11 or better in each of the last three majors. His eyes will be set on something much higher than just a top 10, though, as he seeks out his first career title in a major championship.
Jul 22 - 1:40 PM

Hideki Matsuyama surpassed his lowest first-round score in an Open Championship, beginning his bid for glory at Royal Birkdale with a 2-under-par 33-35=68 on day one.

That's currently three swings behind joint-leaders Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka and puts him T6 on the live board. The Japanese star made the perfect start with a birdie at the tough opening hole but gave it back at the fourth. Another square on the 6th put him over par but that status lasted just a single hole as he birdied 7 and added another circle at 9. He continued his forward move with a birdie at the par-5 15th and then parred his way to the clubhouse. U.S. Open runner-up Matsuyama found 13 greens in regulation after hitting 8 (of 14) fairways. He struggled in Royal Birkdale's pot bunkers today and managed just a single sand save in four attempts. His previous best first round in an Open was a 69 at Hoylake in 2014.
Jul 20 - 10:06 AM

Hideki Matsuyama finished fast and hung up a 4-under-par 36-32=68 in round two of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, good enough for T5 on the live leaderboard and four shots behind clubhouse pacesetter Daniel Im.

The Japanese star was subdued in the early part of the day at Portstewart GC, a bogey at 11 against a birdie at the par-5 14th meaning he reached the turn having failed to advance his overnight score of 5-under. But despite a bogey-6 at 4 wiping out a circle at 2, Matsuyama showed his class over the closing stretch. He ticked No. 5 for the second day running, added red numbers at 6 and 7 before claiming a walk-off birdie at 9 to post 9-under 135 at the midpoint and ensuring a late tee-time for Saturday's third round.
Jul 7 - 9:18 AM

Hideki Matsuyama is the highest-ranked player in this week’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart GC, slotting in two places above local hero Rory McIlroy.

The Japanese star is ranked No. 2 in the OWGR after his second place in the U.S. Open at Erin Hills on his last start. Winning is the immediate goal for Matsuyama this week but there is an obvious secondary motive. "It is important to play some links golf ahead of The Open Championship and I'm sure Portstewart will be the perfect preparation for me," he said in the build-up. Although it’s his first look at the course and, in fact, his debut in the tournament, Matsuyama already boasts some sneaky links form. He placed T6 in the 2013 Open at Muirfield and also cracked the top 20 at St. Andrews in 2015. Organisers haven’t missed a trick this week and have grouped Matsuyama with McIlroy and Jon Rahm.
Jul 4 - 5:16 PM