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Move over Ryo Ishikawa, Asian golf finally has a new star.
With two wins on the Japanese tour this year and an unexpected 10th-place finish at last month's U.S. Open, Hideki Matsuyama is carrying the hopes of Japan and the rest of Asia heading into his first British Open.
Not an easy task for a player who only turned professional in April. But Matsuyama is taking it in his stride.
He says ''as far as taking over from Ishikawa, I haven't even thought of that. All I'm doing is trying to play the best golf that I can, gain the experience that I need.''
Matsuyama is in at the deep end at Muirfield - grouped with Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy for his first two rounds.
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