Phiten ambassador Hideki Matsuyama is a professional golfer from Japan. He was born February 25, 1992, in Ehime, Japan. He first played golf as a four-year-old when his father introduced him to the game.

Currently, a mainstay in the top ten golfers in the world, Matsuyama works tirelessly towards his goal to be the no. 1 ranked golfer in the world. You never hear much about him because he is always off working on his game in some capacity.

On tour, Matsuyama is respected and admired for his work ethic—he is almost always the last golfer to leave the driving range—and you need to see his crisp powerful swing. 

From an early age, Matsuyama knew golf was going to be his life. To improve his golf prospects, he went in search of more challenging golf in eighth grade when he transferred to MeitokuGijuku—a Senior High school in Kochi Prefecture.

As an amateur, he studied and played for Tohoku Fukushi University, representing them at the World University Games in 2011.

Since turning professional in 2013, Matsuyama never settled for anything but his best. He has steadily risen in the world rankings and the on money list!There are no signs of complacency!

We are proud to have Hideki Matsuyama as a Phiten Ambassador and look forward to seeing what he accomplishes next. The sky is the limit and he keeps getting better and better. We consider ourselves lucky to be on this journey with him.

Career Highlights*

- 2017 – Reached 4th on the PGA Tour money list (http://www.espn.com/golf/moneylist/_/year/2017)

- 2017 – Ranked No. 5 player in the World Golf Ranking after finishing tied for second at the U.S. Open (https://www.pga.com/news/golf-buzz/biggest-movers-of-2017-in-official-world-golf-rankings)

- 2016 – Won the Hero World Challegen (https://www.golfchannel.com/tours/pga-tour/2016/hero-world-challenge/)

- 2016 – Became the first golfer from Asia to win a World Golf Championship (https://www.golfchannel.com/tours/wgc/2016/wgc-hsbc-champions/)

- 2016 – Won the Japan Open (https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2016/10/16/more-sports/golf/matsuyama-captures-japan-open-title-first-time/#.WuNUQW4vzIU)

- 2015 –Presidents Cup, Played for the International Team with a record of 2 wins, 1 loss, and 1 half

- 2015 –Finished fifth at Augusta

- 2014 – Reached 28th in FedEx Cup standings

- 2014 – Won Memorial Tournament (his first PGA Tour win)

- 2013 –Topped the money list on the Japan Tour (first rookie to ever do so)

- 2013 – Reached the top 50 of the World Golf Ranking after a top 10 finish at the U.S. Open

- 2013 – Won the Tsuruya Open (in only his second professional start)

- 2013 – Turned professional

- 2012 –Ranked No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking

- 2011 – Won the Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters as an amateur

- 2011 – Defended his Asian Amateur Championship title successfully

- 2011 – Won the gold medal at the 2011 World University Game (single and team event)

- 2011 – Won the Silver Cup at Augusta (lowest scoring amateur) and was the only amateur to make the cut

- 2011 – Qualified to play at Augusta (the first amateur golfer from Japan to do so).

- 2010 – Finished tied for third at the Japan Open Golf Championship

- 2010 – Won the Asian Amateur Championship

*Source: http://www.masters.com/en_US/players/player_32839.html?promo=bio_article

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