Before they turned pro: Hideki Matsuyama
Hideki Matsuyama twice won the Asian Amateur championship (AAC photo)
Before becoming Japan's first Masters champion and the first male Japanese player to win a professional major, Hideki Matsuyama
showed his promise with a string of amateur successes that included a professional win and a pair of Asian Amateur wins that gave him valuable experience in major championships like the British Open and the Masters.
Matsuyama twice played the Masters as an amateur, finishing low amateur in 2011 with a T27 finish.
Here are a few of the stories from our coverage of Hideki Matsuyama the amateur:
Hideki Matsuyama wins on Japan Tour
Nov 14, 2011 - Hideki Matsuyama, the two-time Asian Amateur champion who impressed at this year’s Masters, won the Taiheiyo Masters on Sunday
Matsuyama wins Asian Am
Oct 10, 2010 - 18-year-old Hideki Matsuyama of Ehime, Japan wins by five to score a major victory and Masters invite