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Hideki Matsuyama survived some extra holes to successfully defend his title in Arizona, but most importantly he put himself back atop the Fed Ex Cup Leaderboard.

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It’s easy to see who the two hottest players on the planet are in the world of golf today.  As the sun sets on another great PGA Tour Event, lets look into the season’s of the two players atop the FedEx Cup Leaderboard.

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Hideki Matsuyama (Season Results Below) is definitely having a fantastic season.  I would say that is an understatement at best.  He has compiled two official wins along with a few runner up finishes in only SIX starts!  I would say that is just the start to the season you are looking for building into the masters.

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Justin Thomas (Season Results Below) has also had a fantastic season also thus far.  Up until this week he was undoubtedly the hottest player on the planet in winning back to back and shooting 59 at The Sony Open.  It’s hard to say what happened to Justin this week, but I would venture it’s just the fact that golf is hard.  Keep in mind he didn’t play awful, just definitely didn’t play well enough to give himself a chance.  With three wins in just SIX starts, I would say missing a cut won’t do too much damage to this young talent.  Is it possible he got tired of seeing his great buddy Jordan Spieth winning and said enough is enough?  Can’t wait for April in Georgia to see if Justin can add a green jacket to his closet!

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This win marks a successful defense in which he beat Rickie Fowler last year, which was also in a playoff.  Needless to say if Hideki gets in another playoff in the Phoenix area, I’m placing my bet on him.  With his fourth win, Hideki Matsuyama becomes the winningest Japanese-Born player on the PGA Tour, passing Shigeki Maruyama with three wins.

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 This kid has sure rounded into an impressive player on golf’s biggest stage.  Will he take it one step further and win a MAJOR in 2017?  Only time will tell, but he sure knows how to win and should definitely be considered a front runner to slip on a green jacket.

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Thanks for reading!

Until next time:  Go out and make some birdies! (Like Hideki )

Michael Romano Jr.

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