Hideki Matsuyama of Japan won the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions by an astonishing 7 shots. Winning any golf event by 7 shots is always special, but to do it at the highest level among the best in the world is even more special.
It’s hard to imagine that this kid is only 24 years old and has compiled a very nice resume including 3 wins. Looking at his numbers gives you proof this is one of the best in the world as he has now moved to #6 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
Hideki is by far having the best 2017 season as last week he finished solo 2nd at the CIMB Classic. His stats show the perfect recipe to win or have high finishes against the best in the business. Each of the last two weeks he has thrown in two bogey free rounds out of the four he has played. Bogey free rounds are very hard to come by as all it takes is one bad swing or bad bounce to put you in a spot where par is hard.
Through the first two weeks he has been making a bunch of birdies, 52 birdies and 1 eagle to be exact. At the highest level you have got to make birdies, but you also need to make a bunch of pars to keep the momentum going. Hideki has only recorded 9 bogies and 1 double bogie over the last two events showing that he is really making very little mistakes. He is making only one bogie per every five birdies he makes, which is the best way to find yourself near or on top of the leaderboard.
You can see below that he has been steadily improving each year. Hideki may have what some call a “unique” swing, but for him it is very effective. I would expect this kids stock to keep rising as the season and years continue.
Hideki will be looking to add a major to his resume during this next season. He has finished inside the top 10 at each of the four majors, with his best finish of T4 coming at the PGA Championship a few months back. Keep an eye on him to be in contention in all the big events the PGA Tour has to offer.
Go out and make some birdies.
Michael Romano Jr