Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Matsuyama Rallies for First PGA TOUR Victory on His 'Journey to Better'

(HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA) – Srixon congratulates staffer Hideki Matsuyama on his victory Sunday at the 2014 Memorial Tournament held at Muirfield Village Golf Club, in Dublin, Ohio.  The 22-year-old from Ehime, Japan, forced a sudden-death playoff after draining a five-foot putt for birdie on the par-4 18th hole to finish regulation play tied at 13-under 275. Matsuyama’s par on the first playoff hole clinched him the first PGA TOUR victory of his young and very promising career.

“To win my first Tour event is enough, but to win it here at Mr. Nicklaus’ course, it really gives me a lot of confidence now,” said Matsuyama, who became the first player from Japan to win on the PGA TOUR since 2008. “Hopefully I’ll be able to use this week as a stepping stone to further my career. My next goal now would be to win one of the four majors.”

Matsuyama plays a Srixon Z-STAR XV ball with SpinSkin Technology, a Srixon Prototype driver, a Srixon Prototype #3 iron, Srixon Z-925 irons (#4 - #9), a Cleveland Golf 588 RTX CB wedge (48°) with ROTEX Face Technology and Cleveland Golf CG17 Prototype wedges (54°, 60°). Matsuyama wears a Srixon hat, a Srixon glove and carries a Srixon bag.

Matsuyama led the field in Proximity to the Hole at this week’s Memorial Tournament, with an average of 25 feet in proximity on his approach shots, which is the fourth-best mark by a field leader in any event this season.  Matsuyama, who is ranked 12th on the season in proximity to the hole (33 feet, 11 inches), also earned the second-best proximity mark by a field leader earlier this season (averaging 24 feet, 2 inches) at the 2014 Frys.com Open.

Matsuyama, who has earned five international victories since 2011, is currently ranked 13th in the Official World Golf Rankings, and he holds the 16th position on the 2014 PGA TOUR Money List with $2,283,868 in total earnings.

For more information on Hideki Matsuyama and the Journey to Better, visit: http://srixon.com/thejourney/

For more information on Cleveland Golf/Srixon, XXIO and Never Compromise or their staff players, visit www.clevelandgolf.com, www.srixon.com, www.xxiousa.com and www.nevercompromise.com.

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