- Try Hideki Matsuyama. Now you’ve got to give Hideki total credit. This kid can keep a secret. And you would think that would be very, very difficult given the fact that he’s haunted daily by his own traveling press corps circus from his homeland of Japan. Hideki doesn’t speak English so he’s not in great demand for interviews in America.
Speak up, Matsuyama, and in English I sure do agree with Bob Ractliffe, that Hideki Matsuyama should learn at least enough English to get by (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 12) . How refreshing it would have been to hear him try to say more than “Thank you” when he was interviewed Sunday after winning the Masters.
Hideki Matsuyama has won the 2021 Masters. Hideki does speak English but he is just being overly cautious by using a translator. It’s a good idea. Ichiro did the same thing. He was completely fluent in English and Spanish, but didn’t want to make any translation mistakes.
- His father introduced him to the game at age 4. Golf was something Matsuyama quickly took to. By the time he reached high school in Japan, he had moved to have better access to facilities to practice.
- Matsuyama won the Asia-Pacific Amateur in 2010 to earn an invitation to the Masters, but he almost did not travel to Augusta in 2011. After a deadly earthquake devastated the city of Sendai, Japan, a month before the 2011 Masters, Matsuyama considered not playing.
- The same course where he won the Asia-Pacific Amateur in 2010, Kasumigaseki Country Club, is the host venue for golf in the 2021 Summer Olympics. Nick Faldo even speculated that Matsuyama would be a torch-bearer for his home country.
- Upon turning pro in 2013, Matsuyama dominated the Japan Golf Tour. Hideki won his first Japan Golf Tour title as an amateur in 2011. In just his second start as a pro in 2013, he won his second title on his home tour, and by the end of that year he would win three more times to become the tour’s first rookie to be its leading money winner.
Apr 13, 2021 · Even among the Japanese golf media—who follow his every move—the common refrain is that though Hideki doesn’t speak much English, he speaks even less Japanese. 6. Matsuyama is so reserved that he did not reveal to the public that he was married until he announced the birth of his daughter, Kanna, in 2017.
Apr 22, 2021 · The enduring image of the 2021 Masters may have been Hideki Matsuyama's caddie Shota Hayafuji bowing to Augusta National. Here he explains why. ... because I don’t speak good English.” ...
Apr 10, 2021 · So, Matsuyama–who is Japanese and does not speak English but must have an interpreter with him at all times in PGA Tour tournaments–is on the brink of setting golf history.
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Oct 09, 2019 · Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama face off in Japan. The quartet are taking part in The Challenge: Japan Skins in Tokyo this month. Matsuyama gave his fellow pros a ...
Apr 12, 2021 · The joke among the Japanese media is Matsuyama might not speak much English, but he does not speak much Japanese either! He can get by in English, but prefers to comment through an interpreter and ...