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Matsuyama aiming for PGA success

Kyodo

Hideki Matsuyama, who captured his first U.S. tour title at The Memorial on June 1, expressed confidence in his preparations a day ahead of the opening round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club.

“If I can play well and attack the course, I think I can put myself in contention,” Matsuyama said.

“The most important thing (at Valhalla) is not to miss the greens. I want to make sure I hit good tee shots to make the second shots more manageable.

“Even though the rough is not terribly deep, it’s hard to reach the green on some of the longer holes if you miss the fairway,” he said.

The 22-year-old Matsuyama is the highest-ranking Japanese player, currently holding the world No. 16 spot, and remains his country’s best hope to win a major. He tied for 19th in the 2013 PGA Championship after finishing in the top 10 at both the British Open and U.S. Open the same year.

Ryo Ishikawa, Koumei Oda and Hideto Tanihara are also in the field for the PGA Tour’s last major of the season.