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Matsuyama optimistic of Malaysia challenge

2017-10-11 15:42:00, Views: 17, ClubCall

Matsuyama optimistic of Malaysia challenge

Hideki Matsuyama is hoping he can start his 2017/18 PGA Tour season with a strong showing at the CIMB Classic.

Matsuyama finished runner-up at the event in Malaysia last year, losing out to American Justin Thomas by three strokes, and he is fancied to challenge for victory once again.

The Japanese enjoyed a good 2016/17 season, adding the Waste Management Phoenix Open and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to his collection whilst he also climbed to number three in the world.

At 25 years of age, the Ehime-born star is yet to break his Major duck but came agonisingly close this year when finishing tied-second at the US Open - his best result in one of the 'big four' tournaments.

Matsuyama, a five-time PGA Tour winner, will be making his first appearance of the new season this week and he is aiming to start off with a bang at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club,

He said: "Hopefully I can play well again and just have as good a season. It is very important to play well in the opening events."

Several of the world's best players will be in attendance with England's Paul Casey, Belgian Thomas Pieters, Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello and South African Charl Schwartzel all gunning for glory.


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