Hideki Matsuyama quarantined for 14 days, then attended the honor ceremony and showed off the Green Jacket for nearly a month to return to Japan after holding an exclusive major of Augusta National.

Journey from guest to Masters of Matsuyama

Matsuyama won Masters 2021 on April 11, becoming the first Japanese male golfer to win a major event. The next day, he went to the airport to return to his hometown with Green Jacket – the green jacket for the champion.

Along the way, the golfer born in 1992 watched videos of his individual final round many times, before going up to the podium at -10 with a one-stick final difference. Upon arrival, he had to stay in the quarantine for two weeks according to the Covid-19 regulations.

Matsuyama, told himself to the media on May 12, read every article about his breakthrough success in his own career as well as for Japanese golf during his detention.

After completing the epidemic prevention procedures, he received the noble title – Award from the Prime Minister, contacted the domestic media and then showed off the Green Jacket to his parents, relatives and friends.

“It was wonderful to see my home country portray my victory at the Masters. I will forever remember those stories,” Matsuyama said. Before being crowned at Augusta National, he won five PGA Tour trophies.

Hideki Matsuyama received the Prime Minister's award from the head of Japanese government - Yoshihide Suga in Tokyo on April 30.  Photo: Kyodo News

Hideki Matsuyama received the Prime Minister’s award from the head of Japanese government – Yoshihide Suga in Tokyo on April 30. Image: Kyodo News

It is almost a year away that Matsuyama will host the “Champions Dinner” – a dinner party for the Masters champions. But the 29-year-old had an idea of ​​the menu. “I thought of sushi, but a little nervous because not everyone likes it. However, I will consult with a few people. Japan has many delicious dishes, including world-famous beef”, Matsuyama revealing a part of the hospitality program for Green Jacket owners from time to time.

Over the past four weeks without touching the club, Matsuyama thinks he’s underperformed. He will attend Byron Nelson in Texas this week to gain momentum next week’s major PGA Championship. Today, Byron Nelson opened on par72 with a prize fund of 8.1 million USD. Last year, the tournament was canceled because of Covid-19, so Korean golfer Kang Sung is still the current champion. Kang was crowned in 2019 at -23, earning $ 1,422 million.

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