Hideki Matsuyama is a professional golfer from Japan. He has won the PGA Tour four times, and the Japan Golf Tour eight times. He took home the trophy for the 201 and 2011 editions of the Asian Amateur Championship.
The professional golfer was born in 1992 in Ehime, Japan. He was introduced to the sport at a young age by his father. In his amateur career, he competed and won in the 2010 Asian Amateur Championship, and this victory afforded him the chance to participate in the 2011 Masters Tournament. He made history with this achievement as he was the first Japanese golfer to compete in the prestigious tournament. The golfer won gold in the 2011 World University Games. What’s more, he won the Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters while still an amateur! By 2012, Matsuyama has reached position one in the Amateur World Rankings.
Matsuyama turned professional in early 2013, and he competed and won the in the 2013 edition of the Tsuruya Open, which is an event on the Japan Golf Tour calendar. After finishing among the top 10 in the 2013 edition of the U.S. Open, he was elevated to the top 50 ranking in the Official World Golf Ranking. The golfer qualified for the PGA Tour in 2014 and, in just 7 appearances, he had racked up an amazing record. He finished 5th in the 2015 edition of the Masters Tournament, which was the best major finish of Matsuyama’s career.
The professional golfer has received many awards in his golfing career. In 2010, he was awarded the Asian Amateur Championship. The following year, he won the collegiate championship in Japan and the Asian Amateur Championship. In 2012, he took home the trophy for the Japan Collegiate Championship. With already 4 PGA Tour wins under his belt, the professional golfer has yet to hit the pinnacle of his career, and we should expect more surprises from the Japanese golfer.