After a T-2nd finish in 2020, you would have thought Hideki Matsuyama would have returned to Memorial Park in 2021. It didn’t fit into his schedule, he’s back at the Cadence Bank Houston Open for 2022.
Japan’s star posted rounds of 70-70-66-63 to finish two off the pace here a couple years ago. He climbed four spots up the leaderboard with a sensational Sunday.
Matsuyama spoiled a pretty good putting week for his standards (11th in strokes gained, 4.515). He wasn’t poor in other categories, but only ranking 23rd in SG approach (3.202) wasn’t his best effort.
"“It was a tough course, long, and greens were tough, so it was really tough to get around,” Matsuyama was transcribed by Tee Scripts, “but was able to play well and so I had a great experience here.”"
Matsuyama’s recent form is decent in the early going of the 2022-23 season. The 30-year-old was last seen at the CJ Cup where he tied for 34th in the 78-player field. Other season results include T-25th at the Fortinet Championship and T-40th at another 78-player event, the ZOZO Championship, where he was the defending champ.
Matsuyama won twice last season on the PGA Tour. Once at the ZOZO and again to begin 2022 at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Injuries hampered some of his season, but he still posted three more top-10s, including solo fourth at the U.S. Open. Matsuyama also grinded out T-14th while less than 100% in his Masters title defense.
He should be in better health and ready to let his skills shine on a tough course.
Matsuyama ranked sixth on the PGA Tour last season in SG approach per round (.711). His iron play continues to be some of the best in the world. He led in proximity from 125-150 yards (19’1”).