Following a top-ten finish at the US Open in June 2013, Matsuyama entered the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking® and, aged 21, tied for sixth place at The Open at Muirfield alongside Zach Johnson and Tiger Woods, whom he would then face at the 2013 Presidents Cup.
Matsuyama beat Kevin Na in a play-off to record his first victory on the PGA Tour at the 2014 Memorial Tournament and moved to a career best world ranking of 13. In February 2016, Matsuyama won his second with another play-off victory, this time over Rickie Fowler, at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
After he claimed The Japan Open in October, his first title at his national open and seventh victory in Japan, Matsuyama became the first Asian to win a World Golf Championship event with a stunning display at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai.
Dreams of a Nation
Matsuyama capped 2016 by claiming the Tiger Woods-hosted Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, before a second win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in 2017 and a further WGC-Bridgestone Invitational success.
Now ranked 14th in the world, Matsuyama has fulfilled the dreams of a nation with his Masters triumph at Augusta after his countryman Isao Aoki came so close to Major glory in 1980 at the US Open, finishing runner-up to Jack Nicklaus at Baltusrol.