PGA Tour player Byeong Hun An heard a shout from the crowd at the Fortinet Championship which it seems he has heard one too many times before.
After carding a solid score of 68 in the second round of the PGA Tour 2023 season's opening week, An took to Twitter and told his followers about an instance where he was mistaken for another player.
"Mt (My) first "nice shot Hideki" of the year today. That moment I knew I was back on the Tour. Feels nice," the South Korean star tweeted on Saturday morning.
By the sounds of this tweet, this is not the first time that An has been mistaken for eight-time PGA Tour winner Hideki Matsuyama. However, it seems as though the 30-year-old has taken it in his stride and brushed it off.
Mt first “nice shot Hideki” of the year today. That moment I knew I was back on the Tour. Feels nice.— Byeong Hun An (@ByeongHunAn) September 17, 2022
An's score of 4-under-par at Silverado Country Club took him to 10-under for the week. He is just two shots behind defending champion Max Homa and Danny Willett heading into the weekend.
An earned his PGA Tour card back for the 2023 schedule by finishing 13th on the season-long Korn Ferry Tour Eligibility Points List. He won the LECOM Suncoast Classic in February which was his first win on the Korn Ferry Tour.
The best week of his career came in 2015 when he won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. He won by six shots from Thongchai Jaidee at an event which was the centre of attention, and tension, between DP World Tour players and LIV Golf players two weeks ago.
He may not have won on the PGA Tour just yet, but he has come mighty close. He lost in a playoff at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in 2016 and at the Memorial Tournament in 2018.
Nonetheless, after making just two appearances on the top circuit in the 2022 season, he has earned full playing rights in a year which will see an unprecedented investment from the Tour.