Hideki Matsuyama won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational with impressive ballstriking as he averaged over 330 yards off the tee and hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation. Matsuyama birdied the last three holes for a 9 under 61 to claim his third victory of the year and his second World Golf Championship after winning the HSBC Champions in Shanghai.
Hideki is only 25 and after this victory and his second place finish in the U.S Open he is clearly one of the favorites for next week’s PGA Championship. Putting has historically been the weakest part of his game but he putted well this week and won going away. He was in total control of the tournament down the stretch.
Other notables on the leaderboard include Charley Hoffman in third, Rory McIlroy and Paul Casey tied for fifth, and Ricki Fowler with a back door top ten. Spieth played well but the putting magic wasn’t consistent. Dustin Johnson looked good for 3 rounds and Jason Day continues to struggle with his putting.
Matsuyama Interesting Facts
- He won the 2010 Asian Amateur Championship at age 18 which gave him a chance to compete as an amateur in the 2011 Masters tournament. At the Masters he was the leading amateur.
- In 2011 he again won the Asian Amateur Championship.
- In August 2012 he became the number 1 ranked amateur in the world.
- He turned professional in April 2013 and won his second professional tournament, the 2013 Tsuruya Open on hte Japan Golf Tour.
- He finished in the top 10 at the 2013 U.S Open and reached the top 50 in the Offical World Golf Ranking.
- He won 5 tournaments on the 2013 Japan Golf Tour and became the first rookie to lead the Japan Tour’s money list.
- Matsuyama qualified for the PGA Tour in 2014 through non-member earnings and won the 2014 Memorial Tournament (Jack’s tournament).
- He placed 5th in the 2015 Masters
- In Feb 2016 he won the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The win moved him to 12th in the World Golf Rankings.
- In Oct 2016 He won the World Golf Championship HSBC Champions and his World Ranking rose to #6.
- In Feb 2017 he defended his Waste Management Phoenix Open title.
- In June 2017 he came in 2nd at the U.S Open at Erin Hills and his World Ranking stood at #2!
- He is currently #3 in the world.