The real Hideki Matsuyama


Hideki Matsuyama is now a two-time WGC winner.

Towards the end of last season he became the first Asian golfer to win a WGC event at the WGC-HSBC Champions and now, courtesy of a final round exhibition of golf at Firestone Country Club, he boasts a victory at the WGC-Bridgestone also.

Matsuyama has for a long time now been touted as one of the best players of his generation and he is more than beginning to live up to expectations surrounding him. He does however remain something of a mystery to many of us when it comes to getting a read on his personality, given his seeming lack of English.

Most players at the top of the game today that boast achievements comparable to those of Hideki are constantly paraded in front of the English-speaking media and have to give up a lot of preparation and relaxation time to fulfil these requirements but Hideki is an exception.



This isn't to say that he isn't a man in demand however. Being far and away the most talented Asian male golfer means that he attracts a huge amount of attention and a more concentrated form of focus from the Japanese and Asian media out on tour.

With this in mind we spoke to members of the media who know Hideki best – from Japan and the USA – to find out a little more about the enigma that is Hideki.