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Matsuyama trying win way back into Masters

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Hideki Matsuyama is seeking an unprecedented three-peat that would again come with a sweet reward.

The two-time reigning Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship winner will try for three in a row when he tees it up at Amata Spring Country Club in Thailand from Nov. 1-4.

“There is nothing I should be concerned about,” Matsuyama said of his chances during a conference call. “I only think about the fact I really have to win the title, no matter how.”

Like his previous two wins, a victory this time will again clinch a Masters invitation for the talented amateur. He previously made the cut in each of his two appearances, finishing T-27 last year and T-54 this past April.

Asked whether he feels a certain confidence amongst the tall pines and azaleas, the 20-year-old maintained, “It’s really hard for me to say, but I do feel that I can just do my best and do well.”

Though humble, Matsuyama understands that his best performance should be enough to punch his ticket to Augusta once again.

“I don’t have any,” he explained when asked about his strongest competition for the upcoming amateur tournament. “I think I just need to win it to go to the Masters.”