Spotlight on Hideki Matsuyama
Hideki Matsuyama is perhaps the most enigmatic player at the top of the global game.
The Japanese sensation now boasts a total of four PGA TOUR victories including a WGC triumph, the first ever by an Asian golfer, which came late last year at the WGC-HSBC Champions.
That victory in China came in the middle of a staggering run of form in the latter half of 2016 where he recorded the following results consecutively in events worldwide, starting with the TOUR Championship and ending with the SBS Tournament of Champions in Hawaii: 5th, 1st, 2nd, 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd.
That barely believable run of form has just served to highlight further just how elusive a figure he appears to golf fans and the golf media alike, as he is so rarely interviewed by the English speaking press. This is mostly down to a language barrier, or at least the assumption that one exists. Whatever the reason though the fact remains that for a player of his stature an unusually small amount of people know anything about him when it comes to his personality off the course.
Here, golf journalists Doug Ferguson, Michael Collins and Randall Mell discuss the enigma that is Hideki and attempt to shed some much needed light on one of golf's most mysterious and most talented players.
Hideki Matsuyama may remain a figure of intrigue off the course but one thing's for sure, he is an incredibly talented golfer and he is set for big things. Could a maiden major victory be on the horizon for Japan's brightest star?