2010

Hideki Matsuyama Claims Victory at Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan celebrates with the trophy after winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at Kasumigaseki Country Club on October 10, 2010, in Kawagoe City, Japan. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan celebrates with the trophy after winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship at Kasumigaseki Country Club on October 10, 2010, in Kawagoe City, Japan. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Date                 7 – 10 October 2010
Venue             Kasumigaseki Country Club, West Course, Kawagoe City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
Par                   35-36-71
Length            6,463 metres/7,068 yards
Designer        Seiichi Inoue
Opened           1932

Hideki Matsuyama made sure of an invitation to Augusta National for the 2011 Masters Tournament, as well as a place in The Open Championship International Final Qualifying (IFQ), with victory at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship.

The 18-year-old from Ehime, Japan, signed for a 4-under-par final round of 67 to finish five shots ahead of Australia’s Tarquin MacManus, who also earned an exemption into IFQ by virtue of his runner-up performance.

Matsuyama, whose caddie that week was a friend, class-mate and scratch handicapper from Tohoku Fukushi University, emerged from a 118-man field, made up of competitors representing 27 different Asia Pacific Golf Confederation member nations, to claim the crown.

Eleven players from six nations finished tied-ninth or better. Four Japanese formed over one third of that number, including Yusuke Asaji, who finished alone in third place at 9-under-par 275, five strokes ahead of Korea’s Lee Kyung-hoon and Ben Campell of New Zealand.

“I’m very, very happy. I was under par for all four days and now I’m in the Masters, so that’s very exciting,” explained Matsuyama, who reached 15-under-par with rounds of 68, 69, 65 – the lowest of the Championship – and 67. “I was extremely pleased to keep the bogeys off my card today; it’s harder to not make mistakes than to make birdies.”

Victory for Matsuyama, who became the first Japanese amateur to play in the Masters Tournament, seemed certain after a birdie on the 380-yard, par-four 14th hole, courtesy of a remarkable second shot from deep in the woods, which finished eight feet from the hole.

The shot was reminiscent of one played by Phil Mickelson on his way to winning the 2010 Masters Tournament. Matsuyama went on to play superbly at the 2011 Masters Tournament, finishing alongside Mickelson in a tie for 27th and winning the Silver Cup as low amateur.

Venue Information

The Kasumigaseki Country Club is located in Kawagoe City, Japan, one hour northwest of Tokyo in the historic Saitama Prefecture. The club has two 18-hole courses: the East and the West Courses, with the championship contested on the West Course.

Weather

No weather delays, although heavy rain fell during round three when the temperature dropped to 17 degrees Celsius. The remaining three days were fine and clear with temperatures in the mid-20s.

2010 Results

POS NAME NAT R1 R2 R3 R4 TOT
1 Hideki Matsuyama JPN 68 69 65 67 -15
2 Tarquin MacManus AUS 71 67 67 69 -10
3 Yosuke Asaji JPN 67 69 72 67 -9
T4 Ben Campbell NZL 71 69 72 68 -4
T4 Lee Kyung-hoon KOR 70 67 72 71 -4
6 Kieran Pratt AUS 70 68 72 71 -3
T7 Il-hwan Park KOR 68 71 75 68 -2
T7 Tze Huang Choo SIN 69 73 70 70 -2
T9 Yoshinori Fujimoto JPN 71 70 74 68 -1
T9 Masahiro Kawamura JPN 71 71 71 70 -1
T9 Khalin Joshi IND 70 71 72 70 -1
12 Kenta Konishi JPN 74 67 73 70 E
T13 Yuki Usami JPN 73 77 69 66 1
T13 Mohd Iylia Jamil MAS 73 71 71 70 1
T13 Zhiqun Lam SIN 69 66 78 72 1
T16 Chien-Yao Hung TPE 69 72 77 68 2
T16 Jae-hyeok Lee KOR 68 76 70 72 2
T16 Jordan Sherratt AUS 70 72 72 72 2
T19 Marcel Puyat PHI 72 71 75 69 3
T19 Miguel Luis Tabuena PHI 72 72 74 69 3
21 Sihwan Kim KOR 74 71 70 74 5
T22 Satoshi Kodaira JPN 74 73 72 71 6
T22 Masamichi Ito JPN 72 74 71 73 6
T24 Hamza Amin PAK 73 70 75 73 7
T24 Meen-whee Kim KOR 73 70 77 71 7
T24 Mhark Fernando PHI 70 74 73 74 7
T24 Eric Chun KOR 73 73 76 69 7
T24 Mithun Perera SRI 72 75 71 73 7
T24 Hiroki Abe JPN 76 72 69 74 7
T24 Jake Higginbottom AUS 68 72 75 76 7
T31 William Sjaichudin INA 69 73 77 73 8
T31 Luke Bleumink AUS 77 71 71 73 8
T31 Tao Huang TPE 74 74 74 70 8
T34 Ryan Fox NZL 76 70 74 73 9
T34 Johnson Poh SIN 72 77 75 69 9
T34 George Gandranata INA 73 71 73 76 9
T34 Keisuke Otawa JPN 77 73 76 67 9
T38 Jerome Ng SIN 74 72 74 74 10
T38 Jerson Balasabas PHI 73 72 75 74 10
T40 Wei Wei CHN 72 73 76 74 11
T40 Xin-jun Zhang CHN 73 76 74 72 11
T42 Abhinav Lohan IND 71 72 78 75 12
T42 Nakarin Ratanakul THA 71 72 81 72 12
T42 Daniel Pearce NZL 75 72 78 71 12
T42 Ren Han CHN 74 75 76 71 12
T46 Wei-Hou Liu TPE 76 71 75 75 13
T46 Chi-Hsien Hsieh TPE 75 71 77 74 13
T46 Wenyi Huang CHN 69 77 77 74 13
T46 Dulal Hossain BAN 77 72 75 73 13
T46 Pieter Zwart NZL 74 74 79 70 13
T51 Bradley Kendall NZL 73 78 73 74 14
T51 Shakhawat Sohel BAN 72 76 76 74 14
T51 Amrith De Soysa SRI 74 76 76 72 14
54 Louie Sunga GUM 76 75 77 71 15
55 Yuxiang Liu CHN 71 76 83 71 17
56 Chikkarangappa Senappa IND 76 70 80 76 18
57 Chan Tuck Soon MAS 73 76 77 77 19
58 Rattanon Wannasrichan THA 75 76 79 74 20
59 Saurabh Bahuguna IND 72 78 79 76 21
60 Judson Eustaquio PHI 70 78 83 75 22
61 Choo Teck Ng MAS 74 72 78 83 23
62 Terrence Ng HKG 76 75 83 74 24
63 Suprapto INA 76 75 78 80 25
64 Safdar Khan PAK 75 71 82 82 25
MC Philip Matsson THA 79 73
MC Wei Huo CHN 76 76
MC Matt Jager AUS 80 72
MC Vikrant Chandra FIJ 74 78
MC Teng Kao TPE 73 80
MC Ashbeer Saini IND 77 76
MC Olaf Allen FIJ 75 78
MC Thangaraja Nadaraja SRI 78 75
MC Taimur Amin PAK 77 76
MC Fei Hao Yang TPE 76 77
MC Gregory Foo SIN 77 77
MC Steven Lam HKG 77 77
MC Rinaldi Adiandono INA 75 79
MC Abel Tam Yuan MAS 76 78
MC Atiwit Janewattananond THA 76 78
MC Edgar Oh SIN 75 79
MC Mohd Ali Hai PAK 78 76
MC K A Chandradasa SRI 76 78
MC Kenneth De Silva MAS 79 76
MC Jhonnel Ababa PHI 78 77
MC Tariq Mehmood PAK 78 78
MC Poom Saksansin THA 77 79
MC Ziwang Gurung BHU 80 76
MC Azman Basharuddin MAS 81 75
MC Md Jakiruzzaman BAN 77 80
MC Zulfiqar Ali PAK 78 79
MC Andrew Stewart NZL 80 78
MC Lok Tin Liu HKG 82 76
MC Soti Dinki PNG 77 81
MC Naveenda Ranga Gamage SRI 79 79
MC Brian Taikiri PNG 81 77
MC Rashid Khan IND 81 78
MC Detsongkham Thammavong LAO 81 80
MC James Honda GUM 81 81
MC Lon Lindsey GUM 77 85
MC Ulziidelger Delgermaa MGL 83 79
MC Kirk Tuaiti COK 82 81
MC Masanam Arumugam SRI 81 82
MC Van Tho Trinh VIE 83 81
MC Malase Maifea SAM 80 84
MC Patrick Fepuleai SAM 79 85
MC Vanseiha Seng CAM 81 84
MC Victor Borja GUM 81 85
MC Mando Iwanaga GUM 83 83
MC Dechen Ugyen BHU 80 86
MC Ta Thuy Vo VIE 77 90
MC Van Thong Nguyen VIE 84 83
MC Tashi Ghale NEP 81 87
MC Elki Kow INA 87 82
MC Tashi Tsering NEP 89 82
MC Santi Sithoumphalath LAO 86 86
MC James Herman COK 89 84
MC Tumenjargal Shagdar MGL 99 99
WD Atthachai Jaichalad THA 78