Heading into his third Presidents Cup, Hideki Matsuyama is adamant the International team will end a 19-year wait for victory over the United States.
The world-number-three has been involved in the most recent defeats in South Korea and Ohio but will hope he can bring his form to help his teammates overcome the home favourites at Liberty National Golf Club.
Communication with his teammates can be a struggle for the Japanese star as his grasp of the English language is still minimal; he is determined, however, to ensure that does not affect his performance this week.
“It’s been what, four years since my first Presidents Cup,” said Matsuyama.Embed from Getty Images
“I still haven’t learned enough English to communicate well with my teammates, but I can communicate.
“They’re my teammates, my brothers. I’m looking forward to winning the Cup with them this year,” he confidently finished.
Matsuyama’s Presidents Cup record reads three wins, two halves and four defeats, which he’ll be striving to improve on this week. He’s relishing the opportunity to earn points but is already feeling the weight of playing for a team on his shoulders.
“Actually playing in individual events is much less pressure [than team events], because I want to do well for my teammates,” he said.
The confidence Matsuyama takes to New York this week is shared by his captain, Nick Price, who considers the 25-year-old an invaluable member of the International team.
“He finished with a flourish on Sunday [at the TOUR Championship],” Price said.
“So I think he was looking forward to this week. I think this was a lot of pressure on him to perform in the FedEx Cup and his game wasn’t maybe quite where he wanted it.
“But I have no reservation. He’s one of those guys that’s going to rise to the occasion.”
Matches for this years Presidents Cup are yet to be announced but there’s little doubt that Matsuyama will be used as a vital weapon throughout the week as the International team look to upset the odds.