Hideki Matsuyama to Play Golf with U.S. President Donald Trump

Hideki Matsuyama has accepted an invitation to play golf with President Donald Trump next week, but claimed he had initially hesitated, fearing that he “wasn’t good enough”.

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – FEBRUARY 05: Hideki Matsuyama of Japan celebrates after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open on the fourth playoff hole at TPC Scottsdale on February 5, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The world No 4 will join Trump and the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, at Kasumigaseki country club, the course for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic golf composition.

Matsuyama said he had been surprised by the invite, but he has accepted the “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”. “I wasn’t sure if I’d be good enough,” he was quoted as saying by Kyodo news agency while defending his WGC series title in Shanghai. “I hope to have fun so the day will be engraved on my memory. And I’ll do my best not to lose.”

The top Japanese golfer will join a list of professional golfers to have played golf with the president, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and the women’s world No 3, Lexi Thompson.