Matsuyama announces plans to turn professional

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan
Hideki Matsuyama of Japan ( Getty Images )

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Two-time Asia-Pacific Amateur champion Hideki Matsuyama announced he will turn pro next month, according to Japanese media reports. Matsuyama, who made the cut in the past two Masters, is scheduled to make his pro debut at next month’s Token Homemate Cup on April 18-21 in Nagoya, Japan.

Matsuyama already has won on the Japan Tour, the first amateur to do so since Ryo Ishikawa. Matsuyama was the low amateur at the 2011 Masters (T-27) and finished T-54 last year. He’s No. 156 in the Official World Golf Ranking, eighth-best among Japanese players.

Matsuyama played six Japan Tour events last year and finished in the top 10 four times, including two runners-up. He was second to Luke Donald at last year’s Dunlop Phoenix.

Matsuyama is No. 3 in the R&A’s World Amateur Golf Ranking. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.