|Hideki Matsuyama |
|Born||25 February 1992|
Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||90 kg (200 lb; 14 st)|
|College||Tohoku Fukushi University|
|Current tour(s)||Japan Golf Tour|
|Highest ranking||2 (18 June 2017)|
(as of 17 October 2021)
|Number of wins by tour|
|Japan Golf Tour||8|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||Won: 2021|
|PGA Championship||T4: 2016|
|U.S. Open||T2: 2017|
|The Open Championship||T6: 2013|
|Achievements and awards|
Hideki Matsuyama (松山 英樹, Matsuyama Hideki, born 25 February 1992) is a Japanese professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. He is the first-ever Japanese professional golfer to win a men's major golf championship – the 2021 Masters Tournament.
As of April 2021, Matsuyama has 15 worldwide wins, eight career top-10 finishes in major championships, and four Presidents Cup appearances. Matsuyama is a two-time winner of tournaments in the World Golf Championships, two-time winner of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, eight-time Japan Golf Tour winner, and two-time winner of the Asian Amateur Championship. His six wins on the PGA Tour make him the most successful Japanese member of the PGA Tour in history.
Early life and amateur career
Matsuyama was born on 25 February 1992 in Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan. He was introduced to golf at the age of four, by his father. During eighth grade, he transferred to Meitoku Gijuku Junior & Senior High School in Kochi Prefecture, in search of a better golf environment.
Matsuyama studied at Tohoku Fukushi University in Sendai. He won the 2010 Asian Amateur Championship with a score of 68-69-65-67=269. This gave him the chance to compete as an amateur in the 2011 Masters Tournament, becoming the first Japanese amateur to do so. At the Masters, Matsuyama was the leading amateur and won the Silver Cup, which is presented to the lowest scoring amateur. He was the only amateur to make the cut. A week after his victory, he finished in a tie for third at the Japan Open Golf Championship which is an event on the Japan Golf Tour.
In 2011, Matsuyama won the gold medal at the 2011 World University Games. He also led the Japan team to the gold medal in the team event. In October 2011, he also successfully defended his title at the Asian Amateur Championship. In November, Matsuyama won the Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters on the Japan Golf Tour while still an amateur.
Matsuyama turned professional in April 2013 and won his second professional tournament, the 2013 Tsuruya Open on the Japan Golf Tour. Five weeks later, Matsuyama won his third title on the Japan Golf Tour at the Diamond Cup Golf tournament. Following a top 10 finish at the 2013 U.S. Open, Matsuyama entered the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking. He won his fourth Japan Golf Tour event in September at the Fujisankei Classic. Matsuyama would win his fifth Japan Golf Tour event in December at the Casio World Open. The win also made Matsuyama the first rookie to lead the Japan Tour's money list.
For 2014, Matsuyama qualified for the PGA Tour through non-member earnings. In just seven PGA Tour-sanctioned events, Matsuyama had six top-25 finishes, including a T-6 at the 2013 Open Championship.
Matsuyama earned his first PGA Tour win at the 2014 Memorial Tournament, beating Kevin Na in a playoff and moving to a career-high OWGR ranking of 13th. The win was the first for a Japanese player since Ryuji Imada in 2008. In his first full season as a PGA tour member, he finished 28th in the FedEx Cup standings.
Matsuyama finished fifth at the 2015 Masters Tournament, the best major finish of his career to that point. He finished 16th in the FedEx Cup standings. In 8–11 October, he played for the International Team in the 2015 Presidents Cup and went 2–1–1 (win–loss–half).
On 7 February 2016, Matsuyama won the Waste Management Phoenix Open in a playoff with Rickie Fowler. He secured his victory on the fourth hole. The win moved him to 12th in the Official World Golf Ranking, the highest in his career.
On 16 October 2016, Matsuyama captured the Japan Open by three strokes over Yuta Ikeda and Lee Kyoung-hoon. The win was Matsuyama's first title at his country's national open and his seventh victory in Japan. The title gives Matsuyama victories in four of the Japan Golf Tour's five ￥200,000,000 events.
On 30 October 2016, Matsuyama followed up his Japan Open triumph by winning the WGC-HSBC Champions, colloquially known as "Asia's Major", in Shanghai. Matsuyama became the first Asian golfer to claim a World Golf Championship since the series was inaugurated in 1999. With the victory, Matsuyama rose to number 6 in the Official World Golf Ranking, his highest position and the second highest ever by a Japanese player after Masashi Ozaki, who achieved a ranking of fifth. He later moved up to fifth in the world after the Farmers Insurance Open. On 13 November 2016, Matsuyama won his second Taiheiyo Masters, following his victory as a 19-year-old amateur in 2011. He romped to a seven-shot win over South Korea's Song Young-han. On 4 December 2016, Matsuyama won the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.
2016 Olympics withdrawal
Although he was the highest ranked male Japanese golfer at the time, Matsuyama withdrew from participating in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games out of concern about the 2016 Zika virus epidemic, which caused several of the world's top players to withdraw from the Olympic golf event.
In Matsuyama's return to the Waste Management Phoenix Open, he again entered a playoff on Sunday to defend his title, this time against Webb Simpson. On the fourth playoff hole, Matsuyama made birdie to win the tournament for the second time in as many years. After finishing second in the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills, while the top three players in the world at the time (Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day) failed to make the cut, Matsuyama reached 2nd in the Official World Golf Ranking, his highest ever, and the highest ever for a male Japanese golfer.
The 2017 season has been a breakthrough year with Matsuyama winning three Tour titles, including his first World Golf Championship, and three second-place finishes in his first 15 events, as well as winning $5,945,990, putting him second on the money list behind Dustin Johnson, before the month of July. He then won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in August, shooting a course record-tying 61 in the final round to win by five strokes.
At the 2017 PGA Championship, Matsuyama had opening rounds of 70–64 to share the 36-hold lead, with Kevin Kisner at Quail Hollow.
In December 2019, Matsuyama played on the International team at the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia. The U.S. team won, 16–14. Matsuyama went 2–1–1 and halved his Sunday singles match against Tony Finau.
On 11 April 2021, Matsuyama won the Masters Tournament, becoming both the first Japanese player and the first Asian-born player to win the tournament. He finished with an overall score of 278 (−10), one shot ahead of runner-up Will Zalatoris. At the conclusion of the tournament, Matsuyama's caddie, Shota Hayafuji, bowed to the 18th fairway of the Augusta course as a gesture of Japanese respect.
In August, Matsuyama finished in a tie for 3rd place at the Olympic Games. He lost in a 7-man playoff for the bronze medal. The following week Matsuyama was tied for the lead after 72 holes at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. He was beaten in the playoff when Abraham Ancer birdied the second extra hole.
- 2010 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship
- 2011 Japan Collegiate Championship, World University Games, Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship
- 2012 Japan Collegiate Championship
Professional wins (15)
PGA Tour wins (6)
|Major championships (1)|
|World Golf Championships (2)|
|Other PGA Tour (3)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||1 Jun 2014||Memorial Tournament||−13 (70-67-69-69=275)||Playoff||Kevin Na|
|2||7 Feb 2016||Waste Management Phoenix Open||−14 (65-70-68-67=270)||Playoff||Rickie Fowler|
|3||30 Oct 2016||WGC-HSBC Champions||−23 (66-65-68-66=265)||7 strokes||Daniel Berger, Henrik Stenson|
|4||5 Feb 2017||Waste Management Phoenix Open (2)||−17 (65-68-68-66=267)||Playoff||Webb Simpson|
|5||6 Aug 2017||WGC-Bridgestone Invitational||−16 (69-67-67-61=264)||5 strokes||Zach Johnson|
|6||11 Apr 2021||Masters Tournament||−10 (69-71-65-73=278)||1 stroke||Will Zalatoris|
PGA Tour playoff record (3–1)
|1||2014||Memorial Tournament||Kevin Na||Won with par on first extra hole|
|2||2016||Waste Management Phoenix Open||Rickie Fowler||Won with par on fourth extra hole|
|3||2017||Waste Management Phoenix Open||Webb Simpson||Won with birdie on fourth extra hole|
|4||2021||WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational||Abraham Ancer, Sam Burns||Ancer won with birdie on second extra hole|
Japan Golf Tour wins (8)
|Japan Opens (1)|
|Japan majors (1)|
|Other Japan Golf Tour (7)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||13 Nov 2011||Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters
(as an amateur)
|−13 (71-64-68=203)*||2 strokes||Toru Taniguchi|
|2||28 Apr 2013||Tsuruya Open||−18 (69-63-68-66=266)||1 stroke||David Oh|
|3||2 Jun 2013||Diamond Cup Golf||−9 (71-69-68-71=279)||2 strokes|| Brendan Jones, Park Sung-joon,|
|4||8 Sep 2013||Fujisankei Classic||−9 (66-70-66-73=275)||Playoff||Park Sung-joon, Hideto Tanihara|
|5||1 Dec 2013||Casio World Open||−12 (72-66-68-70=276)||1 stroke||Yuta Ikeda|
|6||23 Nov 2014||Dunlop Phoenix Tournament||−15 (68-64-67-70=269)||Playoff||Hiroshi Iwata|
|7||16 Oct 2016||Japan Open Golf Championship||−5 (71-70-65-69=275)||3 strokes||Yuta Ikeda, Lee Kyoung-hoon|
|8||13 Nov 2016||Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters (2)||−23 (65-66-65-69=265)||7 strokes||Song Young-han|
*Note: The 2013 Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters was shortened to 54 holes due to weather.
- The Japan Open Golf Championship is also a Japan major championship.
Japan Golf Tour playoff record (2–0)
|1||2013||Fujisankei Classic||Park Sung-joon, Hideto Tanihara||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
|2||2014||Dunlop Phoenix Tournament||Hiroshi Iwata||Won with par on first extra hole|
Other wins (1)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||4 Dec 2016||Hero World Challenge||−18 (65-67-65-73=270)||2 strokes||Henrik Stenson|
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|2021||Masters Tournament||4 shot lead||−10 (69-71-65-73=278)||1 stroke||Will Zalatoris|
Results not in chronological order in 2020.
|The Open Championship||T6||T39||T18||CUT||T14||CUT|
|The Open Championship||CUT||NT|
LA = Low amateur
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
NT = No tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||1||3||7||4|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 8 (2014 U.S. Open – 2016 Masters)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (2013 U.S. Open – 2013 Open Championship)
Results in The Players Championship
|The Players Championship||T23||T17||T7||T22||CUT||T8||C||CUT|
CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
C = Cancelled after the first round due to the COVID-19 pandemic
World Golf Championships
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner(s)-up|
|2016||WGC-HSBC Champions||3 shot lead||−23 (66-65-68-66=265)||7 strokes||Daniel Berger, Henrik Stenson|
|2017||WGC-Bridgestone Invitational||2 shot deficit||−16 (69-67-67-61=264)||5 strokes||Zach Johnson|
Results not in chronological order before 2015.
1Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
WD = Withdrew
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
NT = no tournament
"T" = tied
PGA Tour career summary
* As of the 2020 season
- Eisenhower Trophy (representing Japan): 2008, 2012
- World University Games (representing Japan): 2011 (winners)
- Bonallack Trophy (representing Asia/Pacific): 2012
- Presidents Cup (representing the International team): 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019
- World Cup (representing Japan): 2016
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According to the PGA Tour website, Matsuyama’s wife’s name is Mei and their daughter is Kanna.
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