Golf News for Wednesday, July 3, 2013 | Sponsorship

Dunlop Sports Co. Ltd. signs agreement with Hideki Matsuyama

Dunlop Sports Co. Ltd. (Head Office: Kobe, Japan; President: Yasushi Nojiri) has signed rookie sensation Hideki Matsuyama, who has already won twice* on the Japan Tour and finished tied for 10th at the U.S. Open Championship, to a contract which includes golf ball, equipment, cap, gloves and shoes.

Before turning professional in April of 2013, Matsuyama earned the prestigious Silver Cup at the 2011 Masters Tournament and won the 2011 Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters as an amateur. In his first year as a touring professional, with his sights set on winning in major tournaments, Matsuyama won the Tsuruya Open in only his second start as a professional and then earned the second victory of his rookie season at the Diamond Cup Golf. Matsuyama added to his outstanding start as a professional by finishing in a tie for 10th in his first ever U.S. Open Championship. Matsuyama is expected to have an excellent chance of finishing high at the British Open Championship, which begins July 18th.

"I've earned two victories* on the Japan Tour and finished tied for 10th at the U.S. Open Championship after turning professional, all while using SRIXON clubs and balls, which I have played since I was a junior player," Matsuyama said. "I've decided to keep on using them because I really trust and have a deep attachment to SRIXON, which has been indispensable for me in my efforts to compete at tournaments around the world. With my goals set on winning in the major tournaments, I plan to make it happen with the SRIXON staff who has always supported me. I would like to ask for their continued support."

*Number of wins as of June 23, 2013.

■ Matsuyama's Products (tentative)
Ball : SRIXON Z-STAR XV
Driver : SRIXON Z725 Prototype
Fairway Wood: SRIXON
Utility : SRIXON
Iron : SRIXON Z925 (#3-PW)
Wedge : Cleveland CG 17 Forged
Bag : SRIXON (GGC-S042)
Cap : SRIXON
Gloves : SRIXON (GGG-S005)
Shoes : SRIXON (GGS-S006)
Umbrella : SRIXON

■Matsuyama's Profile
Affiliation : Tohoku Fukushi University
Date of birth : February 25, 1992
Place of birth : Ehime, JAPAN
Turned pro : April 2, 2013
Height : 1.80 m (5ft 11in)

■Matsuyama's Results
●Ranking
Japan Golf Tour Ranking : 1st (As of June 23, 2013)
Official World Golf Ranking : 48th (As of June 23, 2013)

●Results after Turning Professional
Japan Golf Tour
Tsuruya Open WIN
Diamond Cup Golf WIN
The Crowns 2nd
PGA Championship Nissin Cupnoodles Cup 2T
Japan Golf Tour Championship Shishido Hills 7T
Token Homemate Cup 10T
Major Tournament
U.S. Open Championship 10T

●Wins during Amateur Years
Professional Tournaments
2011 Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters

Amateur Tournaments
2012 Japan Collegiate Golf Championship
2011 Asian Amateur Championship
Japan Collegiate Golf Championship
World University Championship (Universiade)
Minister of Sports Trophy the 4th All Japan University and High School Championship
2010 Asian Amateur Championship
2009 Asian Junior Golf Team Championship
Japan Junior Golf Championship (ages 15-17)

●Professional Tournament Results as an amateur
2012 Dunlop Phoenix Tournament 2
Sun Chlorella Classic 2T (LA)
Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters 4T (LA)
Japan Open Golf Championship 7T (LA)
2011 Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters WIN
Sun Chlorella Classic 6T (LA)
Golf Nippon Series JT Cup 21
Masters Tournament 27T (LA)
2010 Japan Open Golf Championship 3T (LA)

*LA= Lowest Amateur

●Awards
The Best Amateur 2012 by Japan Golf Association
Special Prize 2011 by the Golf Tournament Promotion Association of Japan
Special Prize and Golf Journalist Prize 2011 by Japan Golf Tour Organization
Special Prize 2011 by Japan Golf Association
Sports Grand Prize of the 11th Daiki Sports Foundation Sports Award (Ehime Prefecture)
The 10th Sports Grand Prize by Tohoku Sports Journalists Sports Award
2011 Sendai City Sports Grand Prize
Kagayaki Matsuyama Grand Prize
The Best Amateur 2011 White Bear Sports Prize by Daily Sports
2011 Special Prize of Mainichi Sportsman Award

●Others
After Turning Professional
Won the 2013 Tsuruya Open in only his second professional tournament, setting a new record since the establishment of the JGTO as the fastest player ever to win a tournament after turning professional.

During Amateur Years
Finished 2nd at the International Final Qualifying-Asia to qualify for the 2013 British Open Championship
Individual MVP at the 2012 National University Golf Championship
Became the third amateur to win a professional tournament (since JGTO was established) at the 2011 Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters. (1980-Massy Kuramoto, 2007-Ryo Ishikawa)
First Japanese amateur to earn a spot in the 2011 Masters Tournament. He is also the first and only Japanese amateur to win the prestigious Silver Cup.

Keith Patterson
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