JAPANESE GOLFER HIDEKI MATSUYAMA HAS TAKEN THE GOLF WORLD BY STORM, AND HE IS CLOSING IN ON THE SPORT’S TOP 10 RANKINGS
Hideki Matsuyama is talking shop. “I aim for victory in every tournament,” the 22-year-old says, not without swagger. “I compete with the sole purpose of winning.”
This is Japan’s most exciting young golfer, a sportsman whose brief but burgeoning career is already laden with noteworthy titles. In 2010, at the age of 18, he won the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship. He took golfing gold at the World University Games a year later. And last year he won four tournaments on the Japan Golf Tour, the country’s preeminent golf circuit, becoming the first rookie ever to claim the tour’s money title.