Hit 65 strokes on April 10, Hideki Matsuyama rose to lead the trophy group at -11, leading four strokes after the penultimate round major at Augusta National.
Ten years ago, at the age of 19, Matsuyama attended the Masters for the first time and won the “Excellent Amateur Golfer” award. After yesterday’s match, the Japanese golfer approached the Green Jacket for the champions by upstream with a bogey-free scoreboard of five birds and an eagle.
Starting from hole 1, Matsuyama passed 10 holes with a round score of -1 thanks to hole 7 birdie. Into hole 11, the player born in 1992 hit the row on the right side of the fairway and called it “worst shot of the day”. After this phase, Matsuyama had to stop because the organizers pulled the whistle because of bad weather.
However, it was the storm over an hour that accidentally helped Matsuyama “restart”. During the reluctant time, he just played games on his phone.
The pitch is softer after the rain. Matsuyama continued in hole 11, with his No. 7 iron. He put the ball to the green in the second and closed the birdie with a 5.7-meter drop.
Into hole 12, Matsuyama again birdie, three meters away. The next two holes are par. And then, with a chain of birdie-birdie-par, Matsuyama considered “flying high” over the corner of Amen – the 11-13 hole was a nightmare for Masters players. In the previous round, he passed this cross on par-par-eagle.
But Matsuyama peaked at round 15, par5. From the fairway, he swung his number 5 iron, crossed 205 yards onto the green, 1.8 meters away from the hole and scored an eagle from there.
The next two holes, he was a birdie, in turn with his 8 iron to the green, 1.2 meters away and putt three meters.
And keeping par-hole 18 makes experts nod. From the bunker to the left of the final fairway, Matsuyama crossed the green, up to 25 yards from the target set near the bunker. He chip low so that the ball has enough force to roll up the slope and then into the pit, 0.6 meters away.
“This is a new experience for my life, leading after 54 major holes. Maybe I just relax and play hard for the last round,” Matsuyama shared when he won the top of the table for the first time through 10 major competition occasions. exclusive to Augusta National.
After Matsuyama are eight players from about eight strokes, the closest one is the T2 group at -7 including Xander Schauffele, Marc Leishman, Justin Rose and Will Zalatoris.
2015 Masters Jordan Spieth is sixth, six strokes behind Matsuyama.
On the closing day, Matsuyama and Schauffele started the last round. The two sides can talk because the American player has enough Japanese language because his mother grew up in the land of cherry blossoms.
If Matsuyama is crowned, Japan will have the first men’s major champion and Asia has a second, after YE Yang in the 2009 PGA Championship.
Quoc Huy synthetic
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