The Meteoric Rise Of Hideki Matsuyama Golf Saved My Life
When Hideki Matsuyama began play at the 2016 World Golf Championship-hsbc Champions he was just another good, young player, a talented 20-something on the brink of stardom. By the end of the week Matsuyama had emerged as an international force and followed his victory at the World Golf Championships-hsbc Champions with two additional victories on the PGA TOUR and finished first in the Fedexcup’s Regular-season standings.
By the end of the season he was the No. 2-ranked player in the world. When pundits spoke about potential major champions, Matsuyama’s name was mentioned in the same breath as Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Rory Mcilroy. And it really all started at the HSBC Champions. That should not be surprising. Since the tournament became a World Golf Championships event in 2009, the HSBC Champions has produced a roll call of exceptional winners. Four of the eight are major champions and the other four have been members of either a Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup team. Players from six different countries have won the event over the last eight years, making it truly an international tournament.
“It’s great for the growth of the game in that part of the world. The tournament has been growing a lot in the last few years,” said 2010 HSBC Champions winner Francesco Molinari, of Italy. “More and more players from