Tag Archives: Hideki Matsuyama

Jun
19
2017
By Stephanie Wei under US Open

At the start of the final round of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills, we thought we might be in for a thriller and perhaps even that dreaded “p-word,” but Brooks Koepka separated himself from the field on the back nine and cruised to a four-shot victory. Koepka’s 16-under total tied the tournament record for lowest total under par, which was set by Rory McIlroy in 2011 at Congressional — which quite a few players and caddies predicted as a possibility before championship commenced.

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Feb
14
2017
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

It was over before Jordan Spieth even hit his opening tee shot. Heck, it was over before he showed up to Pebble Beach to warm up for the final round. Spieth was not going to blow his six-shot lead through 54-holes. Not happening.

At 23 years old, he’s a grizzled veteran and as poised as they come — I should be used to his remarkable maturity and composure by now since I’ve had a front-row seat for the last four years. Can we just take a moment to remember what we were doing at 23? Our maturity level? I mean, I’m just going LOL. 

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Jan
9
2017

Justin Thomas won the SBS Tournament of Champions at Kapalua at 22-under, beating Hideki Matsuyama by three shots. And JT doesn’t care that the trophy pictures are the most flattering in the world because he just won the first PGA Tour event of 2017, so there. I did chuckle when I came across his Instagram post with the above picture and the caption, “Too excited for the trophy to worry about my double chin #shaka.”

Since I am now just openly refusing to write game stories/summaries for the sake of doing so — with exceptions, like I walked the round in person or it’s Tiger or it’s something really freaking interesting and cool or it’s an epic final round at a major, etc. — I will quickly tell you all you need to know, but I’m sure you already know if you’re reading this.

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Feb
7
2016

Hideki Matsuyama outlasted Rickie Fowler in a playoff, making par on the last hole in sudden death to capture his second PGA Tour victory at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Well, I certainly put my foot in my mouth, so to speak (when I tweeted that Rickie had locked up the win after his tee shot on 16, but hey, I wasn’t the only one!). That’s why you don’t call golf tournaments with two holes to play, but really, those holes aren’t very hard. I, like others watching, figured he’d play it safe on the risk-reward drivable par-4 17th and tee off with an iron — or at most, a fairway wood. Right?

Apparently not. That’s where it all went awry. 

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Jul
13
2015

Apologies for not being able to post the full Thursday and Friday pairings and tee times for the 144th Open Championship at St Andrews, but the R&A doesn’t have them in a text version, but you can find the list in its entirety here.

Let’s take a look at some of the best and most intriguing groupings for the first round (all times local).

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Jan
12
2015

With four holes to play in Monday’s final round at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Patrick Reed trailed 54-hole co-leader Jimmy Walker by four shots. At the time, it may have seemed like an insurmountable deficit to overcome, but not for Reed, who credits his stubbornness for his success.

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Jun
1
2014

Where to begin? It was a rollercoaster of a Sunday, with a tightly packed leaderboard of big-name contenders — including Masters champions Bubba Watson and Adam Scott — that shined before crashing and falling out of the mix as they came down the stretch. In the end, it was the 22-year-old star from Japan, Hideki Matsuyama, who upstaged everyone and beat Kevin Na in the first extra hole in the sudden death playoff. 

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Jan
8
2014
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Cramming for the first exam of the year

Every year the Sony Open is like the first day of school, but this time around it’s a bit different with the new wraparound season in place, so instead, it’s like returning from a long winter break. Walk out to the putting green and you’ll find yourself surrounded by a chorus of “Happy New Years!”

For those who didn’t cover and/or play in the first six tournaments of the 2013-14 season — like yours truly — then it still feels like the Hyundai Tournament of Champions kicked things off, but alas, we’re already *seven* events deep and this is the eighth. Cray, cray! 

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Dec
16
2013
God.

God.

There are many ways to qualify — excuse me, receive an invitation to the hallowed grounds of Augusta National to play in the Masters Tournament every April. Well, actually, there are 19 different ways, one of which is to finish in the top 50 in the Final Official World Golf Ranking for the previous calendar year.

Well, finally, there are no more golf tournaments with world ranking points this year — that list was published on Monday, and 14 players were added to the 2014 Masters field. 

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Oct
5
2013

Please see the very bottom for updates…

Totally normal

Totally normal

Well, the Internationals held on longer than the majority expected at the historically U.S.-dominated Presidents Cup. [*Wait, they’re making a charge as I type in Saturday afternoon foursomes! It’s getting interesting again!]

With the weather-delayed week dominating the matches, the second session wasn’t completed on Friday and the teams returned at the crack of dawn (literally, warming up in the dark) to finish that foursome session before the quick turnaround for Saturday morning’s five four-ball matches. Which, of course, fell victim to yet another suspension in play due to the monsoon that swept through the area causing Muirfield Village to become unplayable (as you can see above).  

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