Matsuyama set for Open debut

GULLANE - Rising Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama has sought out the advice of veteran compatriot Shigeki Maruyama to help him prepare for his British Open debut at Muirfield this week. The 21-year-old, who was Asian amateur champion in 2011 and 2012, made his professional debut only in April when he started his fourth year at a Japanese university. But he has since won twice and finished runner-up twice in eight domestic tournaments to lead the Japan Tour's money list at 99 million yen ($980,000), more than double the total of the second-placed player. Matsuyama also finished tied for 10th in his first US Open last month. He is currently ranked 46th in the world and has also qualified for the year's final major, the August 5-11 PGA Championships in Rochester, New York. –AFP

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