2021: Matsuyama wins the first Japanese at the Masters in Augusta

With the legendary green jacket on the body Hideki Matsuyama ripped the arms in the air and enjoyed the applause for his historical victory at the Masters in Augusta. As the first Japanese history, the 29-year-old won a Major tournament on Sunday. “I am honored and excited that I won the wonderful Augusta National,” he said something shy and using a translator before he added in English: “Thank you.”

Immediately after the last Putt, he had taken his Caddie in the 18th green of the Augusta National Golf Club in the US state of Georgia, on the way to the clubhouse he wiped his hand several times over his eyes.

Debutant Zalatoris makes still powerful pressure

After a 73-final round on the heavy PAR-72 course, Matsuyama won with a total of 278 beats in front of the American and Masters debutant wants Zalatoris (279) and its compatriots Jordan Spieth and Xander Schaufele (281 each).

As a trophy, Matsuyama got attracted to the legendary green winner’s jacket from his predecessor Dustin Johnson, the trophy and also a prize money of around two million US dollars. For the Japanese it is the sixth success on the US tour – and one who made great happiness in his homeland. There, the last rounds were to be seen live at the start of the week on Monday morning. A commentator of the station TBS cried after the decisive blow.

“Congratulations on this great achievement for you and your country,” tweeted the five Masters winner Tiger Woods, who was not at the start after his car accident. “This historic @Themasters victory will influence the whole golf world.”

Lock opener for the compatriots

One of the first comments Matsuyamas in the TV channel CBS was: “I hope I am a pioneer that many other Japanese will follow. I hope I was able to open the locks.”

With a comfortable four-beating advantage on the competitors, the 29-year-old was launched in the final day. After a loss of impact on the first game, he brought his nerves to control again quickly. But on the last holes Schmolz the lead. In the end, a blow ahead of him handed him to the strongly playing Masters newcomer Zalatoris. “I fought hard,” Zalatoris said.

Already ten years ago, Matsuyama had been awarded the master’s master at the Master. In 2011, the then 19 year old Asia-Pacific champion had occupied the divided 27th rank at the victory of the South African Charl Schwartzel.

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2017 Second of the US Open

Matsuyama was a star in the Gulf of Japan before the Masters Triumph. Thus, in the run-up to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, the worship for the 29-year-old in his homeland is in front of new spheres. As early as 2017, he triggered a hype in Japan with second place in the US Open in Erin Hills and the rise to the number of two of the golf world.

Even in the Augusta National Golf Club, the fans cheered him. In contrast to 2020, when the master was postponed because of the Corona crisis in November, a few thousand spectators were admitted to the contemplative plant this year – but significantly less than in pandempting times. In addition, mask obligation and distance rules, which were not consistently maintained, were considered to be seen on the TV images.

Langer failed under pain at Cut

Germany’s Golf-Legend Bernhard Langer had failed in the Masters doped with $ 11.5 million in the US state of Georgia after two laps on the Cut and excreted prematurely. The 63-year-old Anhausener beat the Magnolia Lane this year, but was impaired because of back problems and knee pain in preparation. Langer had placed a record in 2020 when he was able to qualify himself as the oldest player of the tournament history for the two rounds at the weekend.

Also numerous favorites around the previous year’s winner and world-world ranking Dustin Johnson from the USA had missed the CUT at the 85th editor of the time-honored Masters tournament.

85. US Masters in Augusta / Georgia (11.5 million dollars, par 72), finance after four rounds

1. Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 278 strokes (69 + 71 + 65 + 73), 2. Will Zalatoris 279 (70 + 68 + 71 + 70), 3. Jordan Spieth 281 (71 + 68 + 72 + 70) and Xander Schaufele ( All USA) 281 (72 + 69 + 68 + 72), 5. Jon Rahm (Spain) 282 (72 + 72 + 72 + 66) and Marc Leishman (Australia) 282 (72 + 67 + 70 + 73), 7. JUSTIN ROSE (ENGLAND) 283 (65 + 72 + 72 + 74), 8. Patrick Reed (USA) 284 (70 + 75 + 70 + 69) and Corey Conners (Canada) 284 (73 + 69 + 68 + 74). – Failed on CUT for two laps (147 strokes): et al. Sergio Garcia (Spain) 148 (76 + 72), Dustin Johnson (USA / TV) 149 (74 + 75), Rory Mcilroy (Northern Ireland) 150 (76 + 74), Bernhard Langer (Anhausen) 151 (74 + 77), Fred Couples (USA) 157 (79 + 78), Vijay Singh (Fiji) 159 (79 + 80)