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Hideki Matsuyama

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

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World No. 6 Hideki Matsuyama tacked on a 3-under-par 36-34=70 in the final round of the SBS Tournament of Champions to conclude his second appearance (T3/2015) on 19-under 273, good for solo 2nd, three shy of champion and playing competitor Justin Thomas, who shot 69.
The FedExCup leader didn't quite have enough to overcome Thomas, but maintained his lead in the standings with his second runner-up of the season in three starts to go along with his win at the WGC-HSBC. He began R4 two adrift of Thomas after opening in progressively better laps of 69-68-66, but fell to five back at the turn after exchanging two birdies with two bogeys. The 24-year-old, going for his fourth straight worldwide win and fifth in his last six starts, birdied the par-3 11th and pitched in for eagle-2 from 59'7" away at the 14th, climbing to within one after Thomas doubled the 15th. He missed birdie from 9'9" at the 16th, 3-putted the 17th from 28'9" for bogey-5, and matched birdies with Thomas on 18 for the final margin. Matsuyama, who finished 2nd to Thomas at the CIMB Classic 11 weeks ago (also by three), records his third career runner-up in 86 career starts (81 pro). Jan 8 - 8:21 PM

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World No. 6 Hideki Matsuyama painted a 7-under-par 34-32=66 in the third round of the SBS Tournament of Champions to reach 16-under 203, up four spots to solo 2nd and matching the low round of the day with William McGirt.

The FedExCup leader began the third frame in solo 6th, three shy of 36-hole co-leaders Justin Thomas and Ryan Moore. Playing out of the third-to-last twosome, he's within two of 54-hole leader Thomas following an eight-birdie one-bogey effort, the leader in the former with 19 birdies on the week. The 24-year-old hit 12 (of 15) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, gaining 2.429 strokes tee-to-green of 3.938 SG: Total. His lone blemish was a bogey-5 at the eighth (failed scramble), but outpaced it with four birdie-4s and four birdie-3s. Six dropped from eight feet and in, adding a long of 12'6" at the par-4 12th and a chip-in birdie-3 at the 14th. Matsuyama won this season's WGC-HSBC as well as the unofficial Hero World Challenge as a 54-hole leader and won the 2014 Memorial and 2016 WM Phoenix Open in come-from-behind fashion.
Jan 7 - 8:54 PM

World No. 6 Hideki Matsuyama tacked on a 5-under-par 31-37=68 in the second round of the SBS Tournament of Champions for a two-day total of 9-under 137, currently 6th place on the leaderboard and two back of 36-hole clubhouse leader Patrick Reed.

The FedExCup leader has just one blemish thru 36 holes, a double bogey-6 at the 17th in today's lap, where he attempted to hit his second out of the hazard and ended up in another hazard, this time incurring a penalty. He bounced back with a 4'9" birdie on the par-5 18th, one of seven birdies on the card. The 24-year-old landed 11 (of 15) fairways and peppered 16 greens in regulation, pacing the field in the latter at 91.67 percent (33/36). Six of his seven circles dropped from inside of 10 feet with a long of 12'3" at the par-4 third.
Jan 6 - 9:19 PM

FedExCup leader Hideki Matsuyama opened his week at the SBS Tournament of Champions with a bogey-free, 4-under-par 34-35=69, placing him four strokes off the leader Jimmy Walker.

Matsuyama missed just one green in regulation today. Despite the stellar GIR figures, he was surprisingly loose on his approach shots, setting up just five birdie looks from inside 10 feet. Using advanced metrics we can see he actually lost 0.246 strokes approaching-the-green. Matsuyama entered the week with wins in four of his last five starts worldwide and approach play is typically his strongest asset. Gamers should expect his iron-play to bounce back over the next three rounds.
Jan 5 - 10:14 PM

Along with defender Jordan Spieth, World No. 6 and FedExCup leader Hideki Matsuyama is a pre-tourney 5/1 co-fave at this week's no-cut SBS Tournament of Champions at Kapalua Resort in Hawaii.

The 24-year-old qualified for the SBS by claiming the 2016 WM Phoenix Open in a four-hole playoff over Rickie Fowler, and also won the WGC-HSBC Champions in October by seven as the 36- and 54-hole leader. In his only other appearance on Maui in 2015, he was a 54-hole co-leader and shot 3-under 70 to finish T3, one shot out of a two-man playoff involving 54-hole co-leader Jimmy Walker and eventual champ Patrick Reed. Despite making just two starts on TOUR this fall, the Japanese star is pacing the FEC standings with the HSBC win and solo 2nd at the CIMB Classic, both no-cut events. Dating back to the TOUR Championship in September, where he was an 18-hole co-leader and eventually finished solo 5th, Matsuyama enters the week with six straight top-5 finishes worldwide, including three consecutive wins and four wins in his last five starts.
Jan 4 - 8:59 AM

Overnight leader Hideki Matsuyama labored to a 1-over-par 34-39=73 in the final round of the 18th Hero World Challenge but at 18-under 270, hung on for a two-shot victory over playing competitor Henrik Stenson, who carded a 68 with three birdies and one eagle-3 against a lone bogey and finished solo second here for a second straight time (2015) and is his second straight runner-up to Matsuyama (2017 WGC-HSBC Champions).

The World No. 6, a pre-tourney 15/2 outright, was a 36-hole co-leader and the 54-hole leader by seven over Stenson and Dustin Johnson. This is his third straight worldwide win, fourth in his last five starts, and while an unofficial TOUR event, does collect 46.00 world-ranking points. The 24-year-old circled a pair of birdie-4s on a bogey-free first half to lead by six at the turn, but came home in birdie-less 3-over to make things interesting until the end, securing the win with an up-and-down par at the 18th. For the week, he totaled two eagles and 22 birdies versus four bogeys and two doubles and was 15-under on the par 5s. Matt Kuchar, Rickie Fowler and 36-hole co-leader and odds-fave Dustin Johnson finished in a three-way T3 on 13-under 275, five adrift.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 04:20:00 PM

Overnight co-leader Hideki Matsuyama fashioned a 7-under-par 32-33=65 in the third round of the Hero World Challenge to reach the three-quarter pole on 19-under 197, good for the low round of the day and a seven-shot lead over Henrik Stenson, who carded a 66, and overnight co-leader Dustin Johnson, who doubled the 18th for a 72.

The World No. 6 began the third frame co-leading with Johnson on 12-under after opening his third appearance in 65-67. He squared bogeys on holes 8 and 16 but overshadowed them with seven birdies and a hole-out eagle-2 at the seventh. Among the 24-year-old's seven birdies where four birdie-4s on the five par 5s, moving to 13-under for the week on the par 5s alone. The highlight of his lap was the eagle on the drivable par-4 seventh --video link below -- where he chose to layup off the tee and then jarred home a one-bounce eagle from 86 yards away. Matsuyama is going for his fourth win in his last five worldwide starts, opening the run with a three-shot win at the Japan Open and winning the WGC-HSBC and the Taiheiyo Masters by seven shots each.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 05:07:00 PM

Hideki Matsuyama fired a 5-under-par 34-33=67 during the second round of the Hero World Challenge, posting a halftime score of 12-under 132 to grab a share of the 36-hole lead with Dustin Johnson.

Matsuyama arrived with a co-last-place finish on his Albany record, but he also entered with the best form in the entire field, winning three of his last four individual starts worldwide. The 24-year-old has maintained that stellar form through two days of play in the Bahamas, trading 13 birdies and an eagle with just one bogey and one double bogey. Both of the blemishes have come on par 3s but he's played the par 5s at 9-under to make up the difference. Going from last-to-first in one year at this course would be quite the feat, but there are still 36 holes to play and with five par 5s on the layout, he can't afford to take his foot off the gas now.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 04:50:00 PM

World No. 6 and FedExCup leader Hideki Matsuyama is at Albany in The Bahamas for his third Hero World Challenge and tees it up the first round with Louis Oosthuizen.

The 24-year-old is red hot with three wins in his last four worldwide starts. He has five straight top-5 finishes dating back to solo 5th at the TOUR Championship. The Japanese star won two times on the Japan Tour, including by seven two weeks ago at the Taiheiyo Masters, and also won the WGC-HSBC by seven as the 36- and 54-hole leader. He arrives off a T6 (of 28 teams) at last week's ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf while teamed with Ryo Ishikawa. Matsuyama's best finish at the Hero WC is solo 13th (of 18) two years ago (Isleworth G&CC) and was tied-last last year (of 18) at Albany.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 06:38:00 PM

Hideki Matsuyama and Ryo Ishikawa formed a strong alliance on Saturday to move into T4 on 7-under-par 209, seven back of the World Cup of Golf leaders Denmark after a third round 1-under 36-35=71.

Japan will head into the final circuit of the Kingston Heath GC layout some way adrift, but they advanced in great style on a Saturday which witnessed many pairings failed to break par (indeed only ten of the 28 teams did so). Moreover Japan was once of the few teams to get to grips with the back nine - they made back-to-back birdies at the 13th and 14th, otherwise carding par at every hole on the return to the clubhouse. Earlier they had something of a scrap with the outward nine, making three bogeys at 4, 7 and 9. But Matsuyama's approach at the 426-yard par-four 5th left Ishikawa just 4-feet for birdie and he took the chance. At the next, a 187-yard par-three, Matsuyama left his partner 18'0" but he was up to the task and dropped it for another par breaker.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 04:37:00 AM

World No. 6 Hideki Matsuyama hand-selected Ryo Ishikawa as his partner to represent Japan in this week's World Cup of Golf.

Matsuyama arrives amidst a run of stellar play, winning three of his last four events worldwide, finishing runner-up in the other (CIMB Classic). While his form is arguably the best in the world at the moment, the team format of this week will not allow him to run away and hide by himself. Luckily, his partner Ryo Ishikawa has some experience at the World Cup of Golf, finishing T5 in the individual portion of the 2013 edition which was held in Melbourne, Australia. He returns to Melbourne this week, although a different venue is on tap. Team Japan should definitely be on the short list of contenders heading into the week.
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 04:04:00 PM

Hideki Matsuyama became the first Asian winner of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China after authoring a 6-under-par 33-33=66 in Sunday's final round to post 23-under 265, good enough for a dominant seven-shot win.

The Japanese star never looked like opening the door after starting the final round three in front and that's been his message since he took the lead on Friday with a 65. Today's lap of Sheshan International GC featured six birdies and 12 pars, meaning he's played the final two rounds without a bogey. He set the tone with a birdie at 1 and added two more at 5 and 7. A trio of red numbers at 13, 14 and 15 increased his lead and he eventually came home seven strokes clear of Henrik Stenson and Daniel Berger. It was a further shot back to Rory McIlroy and Bill Haas. This is Matsuyama's first win on the European Tour and also his first WGC win. He achieved it by making more birdies than anyone (29) and also finishing 1st in Putts Per GIR on the week. He was 10th for GIR after hitting 14 today. At 24, he becomes the youngest champion at the WGC-HSBC.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 04:00:00 AM

Hideki Matsuyama cruised Sheshan International in the third round to post 4-under-par 34-34=68 and maintain his start-of-the-day three shot lead on 17-under 199 in the World Golf Championship-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

The Japanese golfer is now on track to become the first Asian-born winner of a WGC event, although the knowledge of that achievment will be an added burden Sunday. If he wants inspiration it may come from a name already on the tournament trophy: Y.E. Yang lifted it before WGC-affiliation and he was also the first Asian-born major champion. Matsuyama's round Saturday was calculated after the drama of the first two days. He birdied three of the par-fives, at 2, 14 and 18, with another red number at the par-four 9th. Finding the fairways continues to be tricky (21-of-42 all week) but no-one in the field has been better on the greens when offered birdie chances (1.475 putts per GIR). Matsuyama has played his last 27 holes in 9-under with not one dropped shot and that gives him the three-shot cushion over defending champion Russell Knox.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 04:06:00 AM

Hideki Matsuyama blitzed Sheshan International GC to shoot a second round 7-under-par 34-31=65 which earned him a three shot halfway lead on 13-under 131 in the WGC-HSBC Champions.

The Japanese star put on a clinic of iron play and putting to separate himself from the stellar field and make light of his previous woes in World Golf Championship tournaments (this is his 14th start and he is yet to log a strokeplay top ten finish). When he opened with a bogey at No. 1 there was no clue of what was to come, but that didn't last long. He responded with red at 2 and 3, before pouring in birdies from 13'0" at 7 and 7'0" at 8. A bogey knocked him off his stride at 9, but not for long because he opened the back nine with a hat-trick of ticked holes at 10, 11 and 12, the latter thanks to a 12'0" putt. Another birdie came at 14 and a superb approach shot left him just 5'0" for a final par breaker at 18; he took it. Incredibly he found just 5 fairways in the round, but landed 16 of 18 greens in regulation and his Putts per GIR number of 1.321 is bettered by no-one in the field. He holds that 3 shot lead over Bill Haas and defending champion Russell Knox.
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 04:07:00 AM

Hideki Matsuyama made just four pars as he posted an opening round of 6-under-par 33-33=66 in the WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International GC.

The Japanese golfer does not have the happiest history at the Shanghai venue, having withdrawn on two occasions and finished T41 on his only other visit, but this round, which betters his prevous best lap of 69, offers hope for the rest of the week. That said, it was constructed in wild fashion with pars a rarity. He opened with a brace of birdies at 10 and 11, gave a shot away at 13, got it back at 14, then sandwiched a bogey at 17 with birdies either side. The front nine was a little more straightforward: bogey at 1, a brace of red at 3 and 4, a final bogey at 6, then a hat-trick of ticked holes to finish. He found just 7 of 14 fairways and 12 of 18 greens in regulation, but his Putts per GIR figure of 1.167 was a field best when he signed his card and he was T3 on the live leaderboard.
Thu, Oct 27, 2016 04:02:00 AM