Hideki Matsuyama first Japanese golfer to win masters
Hideki Matsuyama has become the first golfer from Japan to win the Masters He lead on the first day with Brett Harman and continued to lead up until the last putt on the 18th. He started the final round at Augusta 10 under par with four-stroke lead
The win comes 10 years after an earthquake and tsunami disaster rocked his hometown of Sendai. Matsuyama finished in a tie for 27th as the tournament’s low-scoring amateur in his first masters.
Will Zalatoris who came in second, finished one stroke behind, as well as and Xander Schauffele and Jordan Spieth both tied for third.
“I felt nervous from the start of the day and right through until the end,” Matsuyama said.
“I was thinking about (my family) all the way around. I’m really happy I was able to play well for them.
I want to send my heartfelt congratulations to Hideki Matsuyama for his Masters Tournament victory, and for being the first Japanese male golfer to win a major championship. I’m not only very happy and pleased for Hideki, but also the whole golfing world of Japan. pic.twitter.com/m56JVHH0LI
— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) April 12, 2021
What it means to Hideki Matsuyama
Matsuyama landed in the bunker on the 18th, but blasted his way onto the green to give himself two putts to win the title in his 10th appearance at the tournament to make history
The Masters winner also said that he hopes that his win will inspire more Japanese golfers to win major future honors in golf
“Hopefully I’ll be a pioneer and many other Japanese will follow,” he said.
“I’ll be really happy if my victory here inspires children watching on TV to reach this stage in five or 10 years’ time and compete against me. For that reason, I want to keep on winning.
Matsuyama will pocket $2 million for winning the 2021 Masters. He went into the tournament ranked 25th in the world, and certain bookmakers had him at 46-to-1. This changed to 5-to-6 going into the final round on Sunday when he led