Golf’s No 4 to take on Trump during Asia tour – but worries he’s not good enough

Hideki Matsuyama paused before accepting ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ and says he will do his best not to lose

The Japanese golfer Hideki Matsuyama has accepted an invitation to play a round with Donald Trump at the start of the president’s 11-country tour of Asia next week, but claimed he had initially hesitated, fearing – somewhat implausibly – that he “wasn’t good enough”.

The world No 4 will join Trump and the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, at Kasumigaseki country club, the venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic tournament, as the two leaders resume their golf diplomacy amid fears of more North Korean missile launches.

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