Hideki Matsuyama got married and became a father in secret
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Hideki Matsuyama got married and became a father in secret


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This is going to come as a shock to almost all of you, because it sure as heck did to us: Hideki Matsuyama has been married since January 2017, and he became a father in July.

And he just got around to casually mentioning it the day after the 2017 PGA Championship.

On the Monday after coming up short of capturing his first major at Quail Hollow, the 25-year-old divulged that 2017 has been a big year for him personally as well inside the ropes. Matsuyama shared that he is indeed married to his college sweetheart, but he didn't name his bride. He also shared that his wife gave birth to a girl in July, but didn't share her name.



The news is somewhat stunning considering Matsuyama is somewhat hounded by Japanese press who follow his every move when he plays around the world. Naturally, Japanese media and fans have been surprised by the news. However, Matsuyama is fairly shy, focuses a lot of his energy on playing golf now living in Orlando, and he spends most of his time with his support team.

Matsuyama has won six times worldwide since the 2016-17 PGA Tour season started, including twice in Japan and the unofficial Hero World Challenge. He had a share of the lead in the PGA Championship late on Sunday, but three consecutive back-nine bogeys cost him a chance at the Wanamaker trophy.

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