Since the downward spiral of Tiger Woods’ career, a good number of names has taken over the sport. The list includes Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth, and the Japanese sensation Hideki Matsuyama.
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Matsuyama broke into the golf scene as an amateur in 2010, winning the Asian Amateur Championship twice consecutively (2010 and 2011). He was the first Japanese amateur to compete in the 2011 Masters Tournament and won the Silver Cup for the lowest score garnered. The same year, Matsuyama won the gold medal at the 2011 World University Games. In August 2012, he reached the top spot in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
By 2013, the Japanese golf star turned pro and immediately impacted the game. Matsuyama has since won five PGA Tour trophies. 2017 has been a breakthrough season for him, as he went on to win three tour titles, including his first World Golf Championship and three second-place finishes in his first 15 events. This past June, Matsuyama reached the top-two rank on the Official World Golf Ranking after a runner-up finish at the 2017 U.S. Open. He has won a total of $5,945,990, putting him second on the money list behind Dustin Johnson.
This past August, Matsuyama won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, going for a course record-tying 61 in the final round to win by five strokes. Indeed, much talk has revolved around the rivalry between Spieth and contemporary Justin Thomas. But Hideki Matsuyama is just waiting in the wings, ready to snatch it all. No one’s doubting he can finally reach the top as we enter 2018.
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