• Kyodo


On cloud nine after winning his first title on the U.S. PGA tour, the next biggest challenge for Hideki Matsuyama is becoming the first Japanese golfer to win a major tournament.

Matsuyama, 22, will get that opportunity when he tees off this Thursday in the U.S. Open for the second consecutive year at Pinehurst in North Carolina. Matsuyama became the fourth Japanese to win a U.S. tour event with victory at the Memorial on June 1.

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