Hideki Matsuyama is a Japanese professional golfer, who at age 18, won the 2010 Asian Amateur Championship allowing him to compete as an amateur in the 2011 Masters Tournament and becoming the first Japanese amateur to do so. He was also the only amateur to make the cut. 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 and in October 2011, he successfully defended his title at the Asian Amateur Championship.
In August 2012, Matsuyama reached number one in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. Matsuyama turned professional in April 2013 and won his second professional tournament, the 2013 Tsuruya Open, on the Japan Golf Tour. Following a top 10 finish at the 2013 U.S. Open, Matsuyama entered the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking. And after winning his fifth Japan Golf Tour event, Matsuyama became the first rookie to lead the Japan Tour's money list. Matsuyama plans to compete on the PGA Tour in 2014.