Hideki Matsuyama

Hideki Matsuyama, born February 25, 1992, is a Japanese golfer, mainly active on the PGA Tour and Japan Golf Tour. He is the first Japanese in sports history to win a men's major, thanks to his triumph at the 2021 Masters.

Born in Matsuyama City, he began playing golf at the age of four under his father's guidance. He completed his education at Tohoku Fukushi University in Sendai, winning the 2010 and 2011 Asian Amateur Golf Championships. This result qualifies him by right to the 2011 Masters, where he wins the Silver Cup and he is the only amateur golfer in the competition. The following week he placed third at the Japan Open Golf Championship, one of the stops on the Japan Golf Tour.

In 2011 he represented Japan at the Shenzhen 2011 Universiade, where he won gold both in the individual and in the team event, together with Fujimoto, Kobukuro and Tomimura. After defending his title at the Asian Amateur Championships, he won the Taiheiyo Masters, another stop on the Japan Golf Tour, in November. His success at the amateur level earned him the No. 1 position in the world amateur ranking in August 2012.