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September 9 2013

10:52 AM

Matsuyama wins on Japan Tour

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Hideki Matsuyama has won three times on the Japan Tour since turning pro in April.

Hideki Matsuyama won the Japan Tour’s Fujisankei Classic on Sunday, less than a month before the 21-year-old will make his Presidents Cup debut.

Matsuyama shot 275 (66-70-66-73) at Fujizakura Country Club before beating Sung-Joon Park and Hideto Tanihara in a playoff. This was Matsuyama’s third win on the Japan Tour since turning pro in April. He leads the Japan Tour money list with ¥106,731,000, nearly twice the earnings of Park, who’s No. 2 on the list with ¥54,840,916.

Matsuyama rose one spot in the Official World Golf Ranking to No. 28 after the victory. He finished sixth on the International Team’s points list to automatically qualify for his first Presidents Cup, which will be held Oct. 1-6 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.

Matsuyama intends to play the PGA TOUR next year after earning membership by finishing in the top-25 in all six of his starts as a professional. He had top-10s in the U.S. Open (T-10) and The Open Championship (T-6).

Matsuyama wasn’t the only young Japanese player to have success last week. Ryo Ishikawa, who played the 2009 and 2011 Presidents Cups, finished fifth at the second event of the Web.com Tour Finals, the Chiquita Classic. Ishikawa, who turns 22 on Sept. 17, is now 12th in the Web.com Tour Finals rankings; the top 50 in the Web.com Tour priority rankings after four events earn PGA TOUR cards.

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