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Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/25/1992
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After matching 72-hole aggregates of 14-under 270, Hideki Matsuyama eliminated Rickie Fowler with par on the fourth hole of sudden death to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open in his third appearance, and notches his second PGA TOUR title in his 60th start as a pro.
Matsuyama fired a bogey-free 4-under-par 34-33=67 before pushing his playoff record to 2-0, having also won his maiden title at the 2014 Memorial in extra time. At the Memorial, he erased a two-shot deficit in R4 to best Kevin Na on the first extra hole. This time, he entered the finale three adrift of 54-hole leader Danny Lee after opening in 65-70-68. The 23-year-old began with a 15'1" birdie at the first and didn't circle a second until the par-5 13th (8'5"). He tied Fowler on 13-under after an up-and-down birdie at the drivable par-4 17th and then delivered from 17'8" at the par-4 18th but Fowler matched from 9'6". The duo exchanged pars and birdies on the first and second playing of the 18th in sudden death before moving to the par-4 10th, where they matched pars again. It was onto the 17th and Fowler's drive went into the water (for the second time today) leaving the door open for Matsuyama. Feb 7 - 7:32 PM

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Hideki Matsuyama carved out a 3-under-par 34-34=68 on day three of the Waste Management Phoenix Open for a 54-hole total of 10-under 203, up two places on the leaderboard and into a two-way T2 with Rickie Fowler.

In his previous two (and only) visits to TPC Scottsdale, Matsuyama was T2 and T3, respectively after 54 holes (eventually finishing T2 and T4). He's T2 again after three days posting 65-70-68. On those two previous occasions, he entered the finale three in arrears and finds himself in the exact same spot with 18 holes remaining this year. The 23-year-old played out of the penultimate threesome on Saturday and overshadowed bogeys on holes 7 and 12 (both three-putts, the latter from 6'9") with birdies at 1, 5, 11, 14 (chip-in) and 15. He landed just six (of 14) fairways -- his worst of the week -- but pelted 16 greens in regulation -- his best of the week. Thru 54 holes, he leads the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green, but is 40th in strokes gained: putting, including a -1.922 in R3.
Feb 6 - 7:57 PM

Overnight tri-leader Hideki Matsuyama carved out a 1-under-par 33-37=70 in today's second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to post 7-under 135, good for the early 36-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: Matsuyama trails 36-hole leader James Hahn by three.

Matsuyama, a three-way T2 here last year, was in a three-way T1 (Rickie Fowler/Shane Lowry) after 18 holes were eventually completed early on Friday. We mentioned his early celebration of his upcoming birthday (Feb. 25th) after yesterday's 6-under 65, but his second frame was particularly less enjoyable. The 23-year-old had it going early with back-to-back birdies at three and four and another from 21'11" at the par-4 eighth, but played his last 10 holes in 2-over, squaring bogeys at nine, 14 and 18 (failed scrambles). His lone par breaker on his inward half was from 6'4" at the drivable par-4 17th.
Feb 5 - 3:17 PM

Hideki Matsuyama painted a 6-under-par 33-32=65 in round one of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to join a three-way tie for the lead with early-wavers Rickie Fowler and Shane Lowry.

The 23-year-old's birthday is not until Feb. 25th but he celebrated early with eight birdies against two bogeys. He went off No. 10 tee in the late wave and circled birdies at 11 (from 22 feet) and 13, before three straight on 15-17, the latter four dropping from inside seven feet. In-between, he dropped a shot on the par-4 14th after missing the surface, one of four missed greens on the day. Matsuyama, who shared second here last year, circled a nine-footer at the par-4 first and added a pair of 12-footers at three and six to offset bogey-4 at the fourth. He had a two chances at sole possession over his final three holes -- from between 12 and 15 feet -- but didn't convert.
Feb 4 - 8:31 PM

Hideki Matsuyama cued up a 4-under-par 34-34=68 while playing the North Course at Torrey Pines in round one of the Farmers Insurance Open.

Like always, Matsuyama was on point with his tee-to-green game. Both of his bogeys came on three-putts, the first on the par-3 17th and then again on the par-4 fifth hole (starting his round on the 10th tee). Matsuyama finished the day just two strokes shy of the co-leaders but will now face the difficult South Course for the remainder of the tournament. Limiting his amount of three-putts will be the key to staying in contention.
Jan 28 - 7:49 PM

Six of the top 20 in the Official World Golf Ranking are in this week's 156-man field at the Farmers Insurance Open, including Hideki Matsuyama who slots in at No. 17.

The now 23-year-old won his maiden PGA TOUR title at the 2014 Memorial Tournament in a playoff over Kevin Na. It came in his 26th career start at the age 22 years, 3 months, 7 days, supplanting Tiger Woods as the event’s youngest champion. Expectations immediately skyrocketed, but it's now 37 events later and he hasn't returned to the winner's circle. Matsuyama is 1-for-2 at the FIO with a missed cut by one last year (73-71) and a T16 in 2014 (72-72-70-69). He's been idle since a tied-last at the 18-man Hero World Challenge eight weeks ago.
Jan 26 - 10:13 PM

Hideki Matsuyama makes his way into 2016 with a FedExCup ranking of 35th.

Matsuyama collected 160 FEC points thanks to a T17 at the Open and a solo fifth at the CIMB Classic. From there he was forced to W/D during the third round with an injured foot at the WGC-HSBC Champions. It proved to be a minor issue because three weeks later he fell just two strokes shy of defending his title overseas at the Dunlop Phoenix. Matsuyama has just one PGA TOUR victory to his name, but gamers should expect that number to increase before 2016 comes to an end.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 08:02:00 PM

Hideki Matsuyama carded a 1-under-par 35-35=70 in his opening round of the Dunlop Phoenix.

It's certainly better than the alternative, but it's hardly the kind of effort expected of the defending champion and Japan's best golfer. Matsuyama was coming off an injured foot that forced him out of the WGC-HSBC Champions during the third round. Today, he hit 15 greens in regulation and traded four birdies with three bogeys. Yoshitaka Takeya's 65 was low round on Thursday. He owns a two-stroke margin over Yusaku Miyazato. Scores of other notables in the field: 70--Danny Lee ... 71--Ryo Ishikawa ... 72--Will Wilcox ... 73--Tony Finau ... 75--Jimmy Walker.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 10:28:00 AM

Hideki Matsuyama is scheduled to defend his title at this week's Dunlop Phoenix in Miyazaki, Japan.

Matsuyama last competed at the WGC-HSBC Champions but withdrew during his third round with an injured foot. In fact, it was probably due to residual discomfort from a sprained ankle suffered the week prior in Malaysia. Phoenix Country Club was the site of one of only two starts for Matsuyama on the Japan Golf Tour in 2014. His membership was revoked when he opted to play abroad. U.S. gamers have loved the decision ever since.
Tue, Nov 17, 2015 11:07:00 AM

Hideki Matsuyama withdrew from the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions during his third round on Saturday, citing a foot injury.

Translating from, Matsuyama succumbed to an injury to his right foot. He completed six holes in 1-over-par and sat 1-over through 42 holes when he called it quits. According to the report, the 23-year-old suffered a sprained ankle during his final-round 67 at last week's CIMB Classic where he took fifth place. He's now 1-for-3 at the WGC-HSBC with two withdrawals. This one is his third mid-tournament WD in 58 PGA TOUR starts as a professional.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 08:00:00 PM

Hideki Matsuyama rung up a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-34=67 for his final round of the CIMB Classic and touched 22-under 266 for sole possession of fifth place.

He walked off situated three strokes off the 72-hole clubhouse lead after converting five birdies and scrambling three times. Matsuyama circled 25 birdies on the week and dropped only three shots with bogeys. He ranked second in the field with 63 greens hit. It's just the latest of an endless string of strong finishes for the 23-year-old, but he'll be tested at Sheshan International this week given he's just 1-for-2 with a withdrawal (2013) and a T41 (2014). However, given his current form, expect a personal best this time.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 01:57:00 AM

Hideki Matsuyama holed six birdies en route to a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in today's third round of the CIMB Classic.

After averaging 16 greens in regulation per round over the first two, it only made sense that he matched that average today and co-leads the field with 48 through 54 holes. Alas, Matsuyama still couldn't sidestep a pair of bogey-4s in today's trot around Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club. As a result, he's 17-under 199 and finds himself situated three strokes off the 54-hole lead entering the finale.
Sat, Oct 31, 2015 03:09:00 AM

Hideki Matsuyama authored a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-33=66 for his second round of the CIMB Classic.

Coupled with his opening 65, Matsuyama is at 13-under 131 at the midpoint, one shot off the 36-hole clubhouse lead. He went 3-for-3 in scrambling and sunk three birdies on both nines on Friday. At last check, the 23-year-old co-led the field with 32 greens in regulation.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 02:16:00 AM

Hideki Matsuyama posted 7-under-par 33-32=65 for his opening round of the CIMB Classic and sits three strokes in arrears of clubhouse leader Scott Piercy.

The 23-year-old from Japan finished before the American, so he merely held the clubhouse lead in escrow. Matsuyama opened with a birdie at the par-5 10th and connected for another seven before signing his card. His only gaffe occurred at the par-4 13th where he squared a bogey. He missed only one green in regulation, hardly a surprise given his deadly precision. This is his third appearance at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club. Despite a pair of top 25s, today's score shattered his previous low by three swings.
Thu, Oct 29, 2015 01:16:00 AM

With a birdie conversion from just 34 inches at the par-5 18th hole, Hideki Matsuyama scratched out a 1-up victory over J.B. Holmes in Sunday singles at the Presidents Cup.

In one of the best matches to finish thus far, both golfers sat on leads at various times throughout the day. Matsuyama was 1 up when Holmes buried a birdie from just inside 24 feet at the par-4 sixth to square. He assumed his first lead with a birdie-4 at 7, and then pushed to 2 up with a birdie from 29'1" at the par-4 10th. The Japanese talent battled to wins at 12, 14 and 16, the last measuring 12'3" and dropping to retake the lead. After Holmes flushed his tee ball to 40 inches for an easy birdie at the par-3 17th, they were again knotted. Alas, Holmes got sloppy after missing the green with his second at the last and couldn't convert from 13'5" for the halve. Matsuyama's match win cut the Internationals' deficit in half; they now trail 12-11. He went 2-1-1 for the week. Holmes didn't sit in Jim Furyk's stead and authored a respectable 2-2-1 record.
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 01:11:00 AM