Sony Open in Hawaii

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Waialae Country Club

Hideki Matsuyama

Press Conference

Q. Talk about the shot in the playoff.

HIDEKI MATSUYAMA: It was a perfect number for me for a cut 3-wood, 276 yards left to right, follow wind.

I knew the green was soft enough to hold it, and I was able to pull it off.

Q. Did you know it was good when you hit it?

HIDEKI MATSUYAMA: To be honest I didn't even see it.

Q. It was a good shot.

HIDEKI MATSUYAMA: But everybody started cheering and I knew it was good.

Q. How did you feel about your chances at the turn when you were I think five strokes behind?

HIDEKI MATSUYAMA: Yeah, Russell was playing so beautifully the front nine, but at the turn I was thinking, He can't keep this up, can he? I was able to birdie 10 and then a two-shot swing at 11 and then the game was on again.

Q. On that note, the three-putt on 9, you're not a guy who shows a lot emotion, but did that kind of light a fire for the back nine?

HIDEKI MATSUYAMA: Yeah, that three-putt at 9 did hurt. Again, I was five back but I just put my head down and I was playing pretty well; I was 3-under at the time, so I figured, well, if I could make a few more birdies maybe I can get back into it.

Q. Given it's sponsored by Sony, what this event means to Japan, what does this win mean to you?

HIDEKI MATSUYAMA: Yeah, I mean, I feel great. To be able to win back-to-back with ZOZO and here with at the Sony, and especially on a course that I haven't really played that well. It's a tough golf course for me.

So I'm extra excited, extra happy because of that.

Q. Obviously Hawaii and Japan, a lot of connections. What does it mean or how did it feel to see a lot of Japanese supporters, the support throughout this whole weekend and the tournament, especially on the 18th?

HIDEKI MATSUYAMA: Yeah, even at the turn when I was five back I could hear the cheers from my countrymen. That really spurred me on.

Q. And then overall, just kind of a recap, how was your experience here on the Island and your time here, your time in Hawaii?

HIDEKI MATSUYAMA: I had a great time. Got sunburned. It was hot. But still very happy.

Q. Two things: What did you think about the crowd coming all the way up to the 18th green for the finish in regulation?

HIDEKI MATSUYAMA: Yeah, I mean, Tiger has had that experience many times, especially at the TOUR Championship. Russell and I, that was our first time. I was surprised that all of a sudden there they were.

Q. Did it put more pressure on you, bother you?


Q. And then in regulation, the drive you hit, did you have to tie your shoes to make sure they didn't come off when you swung?

HIDEKI MATSUYAMA: (Smiling.) That's probably the first swing of its type that I've had on the PGA TOUR up until now.

Q. But you felt like you had to do that?

HIDEKI MATSUYAMA: Yeah, I was playing for eagle there. I knew Russell would probably birdie and I needed eagle to tie.

Q. What club for the second shot in regulation?


Q. Hideki, in the months since you won the Masters, has your life changed at all, and how would you say your life has changed?

HIDEKI MATSUYAMA: It has because the pressure of not winning a major has been gone.

Q. What do you do now? How do you celebrate? Where are you going? Where do you play next?

HIDEKI MATSUYAMA: I'll have my share of sake tonight and we'll see you all in San Diego at Torrey Pines.

Q. When do you take vacation?


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