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Big in Japan: Hideki Matsuyama hailed as Japan’s Tiger Woods after his Masters triumph

Hideki Matsuyama was hailed as the Japanese Tiger Woods after claiming the Masters title.

The world No.25 turned Japan’s first male Major champion with a one-shot win over debutant Will Zalatoris.

His good friend and former Masters champion Adam Scott stated: “This is huge to be the first Japanese male to win a major. Hideki in Japan is a bit like a Tiger Woods to the rest of the world. I think he’ll become the superstar of Japan if he isn’t already.”

Before the Green Jacket ceremony in the Butler Cabin, Matsuyama stated: “I am really happy. I was thinking about my friends and family back home all the way around today. I was very happy that I played well for them.

“Hopefully I will be a pioneer and many other Japanese will follow. I am glad to be able to open the floodgates hopefully and more will follow me.”



Hideki Matsuyama celebrates at Augusta National after receiving his Green Jacket from final year’s winner Dustin Johnson

Two Japanese girls have gained main titles, Hinako Shibuno on the 2019 Women’s British Open and Chako Higuchi on the 1977 LPGA Championship.

A decade after ending as the main newbie at Augusta National, Matsuyama began the ultimate shot with a four-shot lead and prolonged his result in 5 after the entrance 9. But there was a two-shot swing on the fifteenth when he overshot the inexperienced and located water on the fifteenth for bogey whereas his enjoying companion Xander Schauffele picked up a birdie. But the American discovered water off the tee on the sixteenth and Matsuyama might bogey the ultimate gap and nonetheless slip on the Green Jacket after his closing 73 noticed him end on 10-under par.

“My nerves didn’t start on the second nine – it was right from the start today right till the very last putt,” stated Matsuyama after his first win for the reason that WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in August 2017 when he shot a closing 61.



First-round chief Justin Rose shot a closing 74 to complete seventh on the Masters

Zalatoris, in his first Major, was the one member of the chasing pack to place strain on Matsuyama with a closing 70. Schauffele and 2015 champion Jordan Spieth completed two pictures additional again.

First-round chief Justin Rose began the ultimate spherical in tied second place however slipped to seventh after a closing 74.

The Olympic champion stated: “I enjoyed the week for sure – it just more evidence to me that I love this golf course and I know how to play this golf course. I really read the greens well apart from today. The putter went cold today.”

Scotland’s Bob nailed a 72nd gap birdie to complete in the highest 12 on his Masters debut and earn an invitation again subsequent year.

“I have played great for my first year and tried to manage my way around a golf course I have never seen – I have only played it on computer games with my pals,” stated the person from Oban. “If I had known this golf course more and more, who knows, I could have been up there competing. But just now, I am happy enough with the way I played. Hopefully there are plenty more opportunities to come.”

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