Twice As Nice: Hideki Matsuyama Now World No. 2

After finishing runner-up at the U.S. Open, 24-year-old Japanese superstar Hideki Matsuyama became runner-up in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR).

 
Completing the most up-and-down tournament of anyone in the field, Matsuyama shot 74-65-71-66, and at 12-under, finished tied for second with Brian Harman, four strokes behind champion Brooks Koepka.

The high finish allowed Matsuyama to jump from world No. 4 to world No. 2, his highest-ever career ranking.


Bullets

  • A final round six-under 66, which included eight birdies, vaulted Hideki Matsuyama from T14 to a tie for second.
  • It was Matsuyama’s highest career finish in a major, passing the T4 he posted at the 2016 PGA Championship.
  • When the new world golf rankings come out on Monday, Matsuyama will jump from 4th to No. 2, passing Rory McIlroy and Jason Day in the process.
  • Matsuyama still remains well behind No. 1 Dustin Johnson. (Johnson, McIlroy, and Day all missed the cut at the record-shattering U.S. Open at Erin Hills.)
  • Matsuyama now has two wins and three runner-ups in his 2017 season. The T2 at the U.S. Open was his first top 10 since his early February victory at the Phoenix Waste Management Open.
  • Matsuyama led the Erin Hills field in strokes gained: tee-to-green for the week, gaining 8.2 strokes on the field in round 2, and 7.9 in round 4, both massive numbers.

Quotable

“If I learned anything, you’ve got to put four good rounds together. I played two good rounds, but it wasn’t enough.”
Hideki Matsuyama

 

Joel Cook

Joel Cook is Pro Golf Weekly's Lead Writer. He is a member of the Golf Writer's Association of America.

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