Hideki Matsuyama is a Japanese professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. He is the first-ever Japanese professional golfer to win a men’s major golf championship the 2021 Masters Tournament. As of January 2022, Matsuyama has 17 worldwide wins, eight career top-10 finishes in major championships, and four Presidents Cup appearances.
Matsuyama is a two-time winner of tournaments in the World Golf Championships, two-time winner of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, eight-time Japan Golf Tour winner, and two-time winner of the Asian Amateur Championship. His eight wins on the PGA Tour make him the most successful Japanese member of the PGA Tour in history. He attained his highest rank of second in the Official World Golf Rankings for men in June 2017.
Hideki Matsuyama Early Life
Hideki Matsuyama was born on February 25, 1992 (age 30 years) in Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan. He was introduced to golf at the age of four, by his father. During eighth grade, he transferred to Meitoku Gijuku Junior & Senior High School in Kochi Prefecture, in search of a better golf environment.
Matsuyama went to Tohoku Fukushi University in Sendai to study. With a score of 68-69-65-67=269), he won the 2010 Asian Amateur Championship. As a result, he was able to compete as an amateur in the 2011 Masters Tournament, making him the first Japanese amateur to do so. Matsuyama was the leading amateur at the Masters and won the Silver Cup, which is awarded to the lowest scoring amateur. He was the only non-professional to make the cut. A week after his victory, he tied for third place at the Japan Open Golf Championship, an event on the Japan Golf Tour.
Matsuyama won the gold medal at the 2011 World University Games in 2011. He also led the Japanese team to gold in the team event. He also successfully defended his title at the Asian Amateur Championship in October 2011. Matsuyama won the Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters on the Japan Golf Tour as an amateur in November. Matsuyama ascended to the top of the World Amateur Golf Ranking in August 2012.
Hideki Matsuyama’s Net Worth (2022)
Hideki Matsuyama’s net worth is estimated to be $35 million. The top prize for winning the Augusta Masters was $2.1 million, so the Japanese golfer will walk away with a tidy sum. Despite the fact that all golfers would have received the same prize money for winning, Matsuyama stands to profit financially from his victory, and his career earnings could exceed $1 billion as a result.
The green jacket is the most desired outerwear in sports, and according to golf expert and two-time major champion Andy North, Matsuyama’s victory could bring him up to $1 billion in career earnings.
Hideki Matsuyama’s Career
Matsuyama turned professional in April 2013 and won the 2013 Tsuruya Open. Matsuyama finished in the top ten at the 2013 US Open before winning his third Japan Golf Tour event five weeks later. He won the Fujisankei Classic in September. In 2014, Matsuyama won six Japan Golf Tour events. The victory came against Hiroshi Iwata at the November Dunlop Phoenix. Matsuyama’s best major finish was fifth in the 2015 Masters. FedEx Cup standings: 16th.
On February 7, 2016, Matsuyama won the Waste Management Phoenix Open in a playoff with Rickie Fowler. He never looked back after the fourth hole. With the victory, he climbed to 12th in the Official World Golf Ranking. Matsuyarma, Japan’s top-ranked male golfer at the moment, withdrew from the 2016 Rio Olympics due to Zika virus concerns. Matsuyama represented Japan at the 2019 Presidents Cup, which was held in Australia. Matsuyama won the Sony Open in Hawaii in 2022 after coming back from a five-shot deficit on the back nine.
Hideki Matsuyama’s Wife
He is married right now. The golfer’s wife’s name is Mei Matsuyama. The couple’s wedding took place in 2017. Kanna, their lovely child, is their only child. When asked why he kept his personal life hidden from everyone, he explained, “No one really asked me if I was married, so I didn’t have to answer that question,” the then-25-year-old said. “However, I thought that after the  PGA would be a good time to let everyone know because our baby was born, and I thought that would be a good time to let everyone know.”
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