Top 30 Golfers for the 2014 Majors: No. 23 Hideki Matsuyama

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Athlon Counts Down the 30 Golfers to Watch for Majors Season

They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2014 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee.

No. 23: Hideki Matsuyama

Born: Feb. 25, 1992, Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan | Career PGA Tour Wins: 0 (5 on Japanese Tour)  | 2013 Wins (Worldwide): 4 | 2013 Earnings (PGA Tour): $771,640 (107th) World Ranking: 22

Brandel Chamblee's Take

Hideki Matsuyama won on the Japanese tour four times in 2013, which is certainly evidence of a good year, but Japan doesn't have the deepest fields, and so players who come from there typically don’t carry that form with them. Which is why what Hideki did last year was so impressive. He finished 10th at the U.S. Open, sixth in the Open Championship (where he was assessed a slow play penalty) and 19th at the PGA Championship. Given that he was only 21 and the fact that Japanese players are loath to travel and be exposed to insane media obligations from their country, Hideki was one of the biggest surprises of 2013. He's long off the tee and possesses a wonderful touch on the greens. Combine those with a seemingly ideal temperament, and he looks poised for greatness.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 5
Wins: 0

2013 Performance:
Masters - DNP
U.S. Open - T10
British Open - T6
PGA Championship - T19

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - T27 (2011)
U.S. Open - T10 (2013)
British Open - T6 (2013)
PGA Championship - T19 (2013)
Top-10 Finishes: 2
Top-25 Finishes: 3
Missed Cuts: 0

—Brandel Chamblee is lead analyst for the Golf Channel. Be sure to follow him @ChambleeBrandel on Twitter.

 

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