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Hideki Matsuyama

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

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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. Dec 4 - 4:20 PM

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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.
Dec 3 - 5:07 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.
Dec 2 - 4:50 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.
Nov 29 - 6:38 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.
Nov 26 - 4:37 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.
Nov 21 - 4:04 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.
Oct 30 - 4:00 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.
Oct 29 - 4:06 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.
Oct 28 - 4:07 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.
Oct 27 - 4:02 AM

Hideki Matsuyama tore through TPC Kuala Lumpur with a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-33=66 during the finale of the CIMB Classic but ultimately finished at 20-under 268, three strokes off the final tally of the champion Justin Thomas.

The Japanese star pelted 17 greens in regulation to supply plenty of birdie chances today. He converted on six of them, but ran into a buzz saw as Justin Thomas lapped the field. Matsuyama was the model of consistency this week, recording just three bogeys and one double bogey, but 23 birdies and an eagle just wasn't enough at TPC Kuala Lumpur with preferred lies being utilized. In four trips to the CIMB, Matsuyama has now improved each year (T25→T21→5→2). There is only one more spot that Matsuyama can use if he wants to improve next year so gamers should go ahead and pencil him in as the 2018 CIMB Classic champion.
Oct 23 - 3:19 AM

Hideki Matsuyama flirted with the 54-hole lead before settling in at T4 following a 3-under-par 32-37=69 during the third round of the CIMB Classic.

Matsuyama fired out of the gates with a three-hole birdie train followed by another birdie at the par-5 fifth. It moved his par-5 scoring on the week to 7-under at the time, despite a double-bogey 7 at the par-5 10th in round one. Matsuyama would later bogey the par-5 18th to make it 6-under on the par 5s for the week. The 24-year-old has split 30-of-42 fairways on the week (T17) and ranks T24 on the week in GIR percentage (41-of-54, 76%). With his 8-under 64 in round two, Matsuyama has already showcased his ability to take it low here at TPC Kuala Lumpur. He will need to do exactly that tomorrow as he enters the finale five strokes off the pace set by Anirban Lahiri.
Oct 22 - 3:19 AM

Hideki Matsuyama cranked up his title bid at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia with a bogey-free 8-under-par 32-32=64 in Friday's second round, rising 13 spots on the leaderboard to T3.

An eagle and six birdies at TPC Kuala Lumpur today took the Japanese star to 11-under 133 and within three of leader Justin Thomas. His lap of the par 72 featured two bursts of heavy scoring. First, he played Nos. 3-6 in 4-under after an eagle-3 at 5 along with birdies at 3 and 6. And after another birdie at 10 (the hole where he made a double bogey-7 in round one) Matsusyma finished with a flourish after splashing red at 15, 17 and 18. On the stats, he missed just two greens in regulation after hitting 11 (of 14) fairways. T5 in this event last year, the 24-year-old came into the event on the back of a win at his home Japan Open so his confidence heading into the weekend couldn't be much higher.
Oct 21 - 5:55 AM

Fresh off a win in his home open, Hideki Matsuyama looks to snowball that into success at this week's CIMB Classic.

Last week Matsuyama pegged it at the Japan Open Golf Championship and walked off with a three-stroke victory, his seventh career win on the Japan Golf Tour. That win is nice, but the strength of competition was nothing to write home about. More importantly, the 24-year-old is coming off a PGA TOUR season that yielded eight top 10s and now he's teeing it up at a venue where he collected a fifth-place finish last year. Matsuyama finished the season ranked third in strokes gained approach-the-green which puts him on the fantasy radar each and every time he tees it up.
Oct 19 - 10:50 AM

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