Sports Matsuyama becomes first Japanese in Masters green jacket

04:15  12 april  2021
04:15  12 april  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Matsuyama took the green jacket symbolic of Masters supremacy, a top prize of .07 million ( 1 .74 million euros) and a place for the ages in Japanese sports history. " I 'm really happy," he said through a translator. "Hopefully I 'll be a pioneer in this and many other Japanese will follow. I 'm happy to open the floodgate and many more will follow me ." After seeing his seven-stroke lead with seven holes remaining shaved to two shots with three to go, Matsuyama watched Schauffele’s ball end up in the water off the 16th tee on the way to a triple-bogey disaster. " I felt like I gave him a little bit of a run and made a little

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Hideki Matsuyama delivered golf-mad Japan the grandest and greenest prize of all.

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Ten years after Matsuyama made a sterling debut as the best amateur at Augusta National, he claimed the ultimate trophy Sunday with a victory in the Masters to become the first Japanese winner of the green jacket.

Matsuyama closed with a 1-over 73 and a one-shot victory that was only close at the end, and never seriously in doubt after Xander Schauffele’s late charge ended with a triple bogey on the par-3 16th.

Moments before Dustin Johnson helped him into the green jacket, Matsuyama needed no interpreter in Butler Cabin when he said in English, “I’m really happy.”

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Matsuyama has become the first Asian player to don a Green Jacket and the only Japanese male to win a major. His is a victory that will reverberate far beyond this exclusive corner of Georgia. Positive impacts for golf as a whole, it can only be hoped, will follow. A nation that has long since developed an affinity with this sport belatedly has its idol. The Green Jackets , who regard themselves as progressives these days, will be giddy with excitement at the expansion of their roll of honour into fresh territory. A global game needs global stars, after all.

Hideki Matsuyama has won the 2021 Masters Tournament, becoming the first Japanese man to win one of golf’s four major championships. Matsuyama shot 10-under par for the four-day tournament held at Georgia’s Augusta National Golf Club, and finished one shot ahead of the runner-up, the young Minutes later Matsuyama , ranked 25 in the world, donned the fabled green jacket awarded Masters winners. A decade earlier, he had finished as the lowest-scoring amateur in the 2011 event as a 19-year-old. At just 29, Matsuyama had already established himself as the best Japanese golfer in

So masterful was this performance that Matsuyama stretched his lead to six shots on the back nine until a few moments of drama. With a four-shot lead, he went for the green in two on the par-5 15th and it bounded hard off the back slope and into the pond on the 16th hole.

Matsuyama did well to walk away with bogey, and with Schauffele making a fourth straight birdie, the lead was down to two shots with three to play.

The next swing all but ended it. Schauffele’s tee shot on the par-3 16th bounced off the hill left of the green and dribbled into the pond. His third shot from the drop area went into the gallery. It added to a triple bogey, and his third close call in a major.

Never mind that Matsuyama bogeyed three of his last four holes, the first Masters champion with a final round over par since Trevor Immelman shot 75 in 2008.

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Hideki Matsuyama emerged from a suspension in play to complete a stunning round of 7-under-par 65 that left him a dominant four shots clear of the field after 54 holes in the 2021 Masters . He'd covered the back nine in just 30 shots, completed the first bogey-free lap of the week, earned a first -ever Japanese end-of-round lead at the Masters , and has turned a chase into an escape. He now heads into the final round with an 11-under 205 total that leaves him fully four shots clear of Saturday playing partner Xander Schauffele, Aussie Marc Leishman, pre-round leader Justin Rose and tournament

Matsuyama , who has two top-10 finishes at Augusta National, becomes the first Japanese player to lead a round at the Masters . "Before the horn blew I didn't hit a very good drive but after the restart I hit practically every shot exactly how I wanted to," he said after playing the last eight holes in six under The 40-year-old made a birdie-birdie start on Saturday before being pegged back with successive bogeys on four and five, but it meant he still held a one -stroke lead when the hooter sounded while he was on the seventh green . An hour and 18 minutes later, the Englishman returned and completed the

All that mattered was that uphill walk to the 18th green, needing only to blast out of the bunker and take two putts for the victory.

And that’s what he did, soaking in the moment with a few thousand spectators on their feat to celebrate a career-changing moment — for the 29-year-old Matsuyama, and he hopes for an entire country.

“Hopefully, I’ll be a pioneer and many other Japanese will follow,” Matsuyama said.

Will Zalatoris, the 24-year-ld Masters rookie, holed an 18-foot par putt on the last hole for a 70 and was runner-up. It was the best performance by a first-timer to the Masters since another Dallas kid, Jordan Spieth, was runner-up in 2014 to Bubba Watson.

Spieth had a few fleeting thoughts of coming from six shots behind except for too many missed putts early and missed opportunities late. He bogeyed his last hole for a 70 and tied for third with Schauffele, who shot a 72 with a triple bogey and a double bogey on his card.

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Hideki Matsuyama becomes the first Japanese man to win a major. Masters final leaderboard. -10 H Matsuyama (Jpn); -9 W Zalatoris (US); -7 J Spieth (US) -6 J Rahm (Spa), M Leishman (Aus); -5 J Rose (Eng); -4 P Reed (US), C Conners (Can). Selected others: -2 R MacIntyre (Sco); - 1 T Hatton (Eng); Level Hideki Matsuyama held off the field to win the Masters by one stroke at Augusta National and become the first Japanese man to claim a major title. Matsuyama had a four-shot lead heading into the final day and, despite some nervy moments on Sunday, edged to a winning score of 10 under par.

Becoming the first Japanese winner at Augusta, Matsuyama finished on 10 under. Fearless young rookie Will Zalatoris halved the deficit and superbly took second. The long wait for an Asian winner of the Masters came to a nerve-filled end on Sunday when Hideki Matsuyama from Japan delivered the victory that will send a golf-obsessed nation into rapture. ‘He’ll be lighting the Olympic flame after this,’ said Sir Nick Faldo on US television, and a starring role at the Tokyo Games this summer will surely prove the least of it.

Matsuyama finished at 10-under 278 for his 15th victory worldwide, and his sixth on the PGA Tour.

He becomes the second man from an Asian country to win a major. Y.E. Yang of South Korea won the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine over Tiger Woods.

Canadian Corey Conners finished six strokes back of Matsuyama, tied for eighth with American Patrick Reed. The top-10 finish clinched his sport at next year's Masters. Conners also finished in the top 10 at last year's event.

There were moments, though, the native of Listowel, Ont., seemed poised to challenge for the green jacket.

Conners had a hole-in-one Saturday and sat in sixth after the third round. He climbed the leaderboard Sunday with a birdie on the second hole, but collapsed through the middle of the round with three bogeys and a double bogey before ending the day with a 2-over 74.

Fellow Canadian Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., finished in a six-way tie for 40th spot.

Returning to the 18th green for the trophy presentation, Matsuyama again put on the green jacket and raised both arms in triumph. Augusta National allowed limited spectators, believed to be about 8,000 a day, and most might have remembered him from a decade ago.

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He won the Asia-Pacific Amateur to earn an invitation to the Masters, and he was low amateur -- tied with defending champion Phil Mickelson that year -- to earn a trip into famed Butler Cabin. He won in Japan as an amateur, and four times after he graduated college and turned pro. His first PGA Tour victory was at the Memorial in 2014, prompting tournament host Jack Nicklaus to say, “I think you’ve just seen the start of what’s going to be truly one of your world’s great players over the next 10 to 15 years.”

That moment came Sunday.

Matsuyama is not big on emotion, and he speaks even less even when cornered after every round by the large contingent of Japanese media.

Most of the media was absent this year due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, and Matsuyama had said on the eve of the final round that it has been a lot less stress.

There was plenty on the golf course, right from the start.

Matsuyama sent his opening tee shot into the trees right of the first fairway. He punched it under the trees from the pine straw, hit a soft pitch that rolled down the slope away from the pin and was happy to leave with bogey. Two groups ahead of him, Zalatoris opened with two straight birdies.

Just like that, the lead was down to one.

No one got any closer until the final hour. Matsuyama made birdie from the front bunker on the par-5 second hole. He didn’t make another birdie until the par-5 eighth, and it didn’t matter because no one could put any pressure on him.

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Zalatoris misjudged the speed on No. 3 and three-putted for bogey from just off the back of the green. Schauffele was within three of the lead going to the third hole, only to go bogey-bogey-double bogey on the toughest three-hole stretch on the course.

Matsuyama delivered what appeared to be a knockout punch with a nifty up-and-down from right of the green on the eighth for a tap-in birdie, and a lob wedge to the dangerous left pin on the ninth that rolled out to 3 feet. That sent him to the back nine with a five-shot lead.

For the longest time, it looked as though Matsuyama couldn’t wait to get to Butler Cabin and see how he looked in green.

Schauffele, however, rammed in a 20-foot birdie putt from behind the 12th green. He two-putted from 10 feet for birdie on No. 13. He nearly holed out from the fairway for a tap-in birdie on the 14th. And with he nearly holed his greenside bunker shot on the par-5 15th for a fourth straight birdie.

And then all that that worked ended when his ball disappeared below the surface of the pond.

Matsuyama could afford a few bogeys, and all that affected was the final margin. He is the Masters champion, a major that defines his elite status in the game and gives Japan the biggest week it has ever had in April. The week started a week ago Saturday when Tsubasa Kajitani won the second Augusta National Women’s Amateur.

Matsuyama wasn’t around to see it, but he was well aware of it. All he wanted was to follow her path and made Japan proud. His play spoke volumes.

Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press

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