12:30-14:30 Monday, May 20, 2013
Japan Now Has a New Sensation in Professional Golf.
Hideki Matsuyama won the Tsuruya Open in April after two outings as a pro on the Japan PGA Tour and almost scored another victory at the Chunichi Crowns in early May for back-to-back JGTO tour titles.
Some golf writers reckon the 21-year-old has a better chance of winning on the U.S. PGA Tour than Ryo Ishikawa, who has struggled in U.S. tournaments after his impressive pro debut in Japan.
Matsuyama became the third amateur in history to win the Japan PGA Tour in November 2011 when he won the Taiheiyo Masters. Earlier that year, he made history by becoming the first Japanese amateur to play in the Masters courtesy of winning the 2010 Asian Amateur Championship. He also won the 2011 Asian Amateur thus qualifying for the 2012 Masters.
A native of Ehime Prefecture and a student at Tohoku Fukushi University, Matsuyama wants to emulate Ai Miyazato, who started playing golf at the age of four, like himself and has become a fixture on the U.S. LPGA.
Please don't miss hearing this rising star talk about his budding career before he becomes a Hideki Matsui or Ichiro Suzuki in the world of golf.