12 Things You Didn't Know About Hideki Matsuyama

Here are 12 things you didn't already know about the Japanese professional golfer.

Things You Didn't Know About Hideki Matsuyama
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12 Things You Didn't Know About Hideki Matsuyama

Japanese professional Hideki Matsuyama is perhaps one of the least well-known players at the top of the game so, to rectify that somewhat, we have put together this post with 12 things you might not have known about him.

12 Things You Didn't Know About Hideki Matsuyama

1. Hideki learned to play golf because of his father Mikio

2. He was born in Matsuyama, Ehime, in Japan

3. Hideki became the world's number one male amateur in June 2012. He held the ranking for one week

4. Matsuyama turned pro in 2013, just a couple of months after turning 20 years old

5. His favourite player growing up was Tiger Woods and he distinctly remembers watching Tiger win the 1997 Masters tournament

6. In his spare time Hideki likes to fish, watch baseball and play table-tennis

7. He attended Tokohu Fukushi University as a youngster

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8. Matsuyama became the first Japanese amateur to qualify for the Masters with victory at the Asia-Amateur Championship. This win came in 2010 and was at the 2020 Olympic Games host course, Kasumigaseki Country Club

9. He won the event again in 2011, becoming the only player to date to win it twice in a row

10. He has had eight PGA Tour wins, two of which came at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and two of which were WGCs. His first came at the 2014 Memorial Tournament after a play-off victory over Kevin Na. Of course the biggest was his win at the 2021 Masters.

11. His highest world ranking is 2nd

12. He received the Prime Minister's Award in Japan following his 2021 Masters win. He was the first player from Japan to win the Masters Tournament.

Sam Tremlett
Senior Staff Writer

A golfer for most of his life, Sam started playing the game to prove he was the best player out of his father and two brothers.
He quickly became a golf equipment expert and has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice, and spends a lot of his time putting golf gear, apparel and shoes to the test.  
He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since February 2018. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.

A jack of all trades across print and digital formats, Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website. He also oversees all Tour player content as well. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 


Sam is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TS3
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees)
Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚
Putter: Scotty Cameron Circa 62 #6