With a score of +1 round 4 and -10, Matsuyama became the first Japanese golfer to win the Masters – exclusive major at Augusta National Stadium, par72.
Yesterday, Matsuyama hit 73 strokes. The finish of the finish line matches a classic about Masters in top golf – the tournament starts only in the second half of the final round.
Matsuyama scored -11 after three rounds. Behind him are eight players about eight strokes, the closest one is the T2 group at -7 including Xander Schauffele, Marc Leishman, Justin Rose and Will Zalatoris. Matsuyama – Schauffele started last, two holes behind Zalatoris and Leishman – Rose was the penultimate turn.
Matsuyama bogey joined but then three birdies. At the end of the first half, Matsuyama scored round -2. At this time, he led five sticks while the whole group T2 was “lost fire”.
At hole 12, the competition started to change, when Matsuyama bogey and Schauffele scored a birdie. The next three holes, the American golfer all re-established the same point and ushered in drama. Having finished hole 15, Matsuyama also led two strokes and three unpatched holes. However, in the 16-par3 hole, Schauffele had a serious negligence – hitting the water trap, and replayed the green. He chip in then added two new tricks to finish the job, recording triple bogey. After this “crash” phase, Schauffele became an outsider.
Meanwhile, Matsuyama hit the green, 12.5 meters from the hole. With the target placed near the sand trap close to the water’s edge and falling steep, Matsuyama had to turn his back to brush the detour.
The ball licked the rim in the second putt so Matsuyama added a third putt to finish – bogey.
At that time, Zalatoris closed the match 70 strokes and finished at -9. He waited at the practice area because he still hoped to play the extra pit, though fragile. But after a penultimate par with Schauffele, it was only Matsuyama’s success and defeat because even though bogey was 18 par5, he still won by one stroke.
At the end, Matsuyama hit the middle of the fairway, the second kicking the bunk of the green. However, the player born in 1992 escaped 1.5 meters from the hole. The ball hits the target at the first putt but enters after the second. With bogey on schedule, Matsuyama became owner of the Green Jacket at the 85th Masters and was also the sixth title on the PGA Tour. At the same time, Asia also has the second male golfer to own major, the first being YE Yang at the 2009 PGA Championship. And last week it recorded Japanese golf scoring a double championship at Augusta National. Before Matsuyama, 17-year-old Tsubasa Kajitani won the high-achievement female amateur award initiated and sponsored by the stadium.
Zalatoris finished second at -9, earning $ 1,242 million. Schauffele and Jordan Spieth stood T3 (points -7), each receiving $ 667,000. Leishman in T5 (-7) with Jon Rahm. This achievement was 437,000 USD.
“I was up and down from the start to the last putt. I hope to be a pioneer with the Masters championship and be an inspiration for Japanese golfers to follow,” Matsuyama said in a private chat for the newcomers enemy. This procedure was personally monopolized by Fred Riley – President of Augusta National and key MC Jim Nantz from the radio station CBS coordinated with the presence of Dustin Johnson – champion of the previous year.
“Hideki! You make Japan proud. Warmly congratulate you on great achievements for you and your country. This historic Masters victory will echo the golf world,” Tiger Woods wrote on his account. Twitter private.
When Matsuyama took to the throne, golf world recognized the first Japanese player to win major men’s major. Previously, the land of cherry blossoms was only female golfer holding peer event – Hisako Higuchi at Women’s PGA Championship 1977 and Hinako Shibuno at Women’s Open 2019.
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