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WORLD RANKING: 33.

WORLDWIDE WINS: 3.

2013 WINS: Tsuruya Open, Diamond Cup Golf.

MAJORS: None.

2013 MAJORS: Masters-DNP, US Open-T10, British Open-T6.

PGA MOMENT: Watching on TV. This is his first appearance.

BACKSPIN: He showed his potential by twice making the cut as an amateur at the Masters (two-time winner of the Asia Pacific Amateur) and he has this going for him: Tiger Woods hasn’t beaten him in a major this year. Matsuyama tied for 10th at the U.S. Open, and was on the verge of serious contention at the British Open. His one-shot penalty for slow play didn’t help. He played with Rory McIlroy at Muirfield, and he played with Tiger Woods at Firestone the week before the PGA Championship. He might not contend this year, but no one should be shocked if he does.

CHRIS STROUD

AGE: 31.

COUNTRY: United States.

WORLD RANKING: 109.

WORLDWIDE WINS: None.

2013 WINS: None.

MAJORS: None.

2013 MAJORS: Masters-DNP, US Open-DNP, British Open-DNP.

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