For the not so common golf fan, the name Hideki Matsuyama might not ring a bell. Over the last three plus seasons he has been a steady fixture on the PGA Tour and in the big name tournaments. Winning once again this past week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, his second win in 2017 and fourth win since 2014.
During this three year span the Japanese born player has slowly climbed his way up the World Golf Rankings, sitting now at 5th in the world. This comes from steady play, sheer skill, and the mental strength he brings to the game.
He is built at only 5’11 and 181 pounds, but the lower half of this man is built like a tree trunk. He uses every ounce of passion while he practices and plays because he wants to become the best player in the world.
Matsuyama has competed in the toughest tournaments in the world, having already finished in the top ten of all four majors, with his best finish a tie for fourth at last years PGA Championship. His willingness and want to only get better is why he has propelled himself as one of the best players in the world. Do not be surprised if the young 24-year-old raises a major trophy this season and several more times in the years to come.
(Video courtesy PGA Tour)