Golf’s Masters tournament was held on the final day at Augusta National GC (par 72) in Georgia, U.S.A., with Hideki Matsuyama (29) winning by one stroke. This is the first time Japanese men have won four major tournaments.
Matsuyama, ranked 25th in the world, started the day at the top of the table by four strikes. There were nerve-sning occasions, but he turned in a one-over 73 to grab the win at 10-under.
In the second place, Will Zaratris (the USA, 24), who is making his first Masters appearance, came in at nine-under.
Xander Schaofele (USA), who played alongside Matsuyama, birdied the 15th hole to close in on Matsuyama by two. However, at the 16th, he dropped his game-playing tee shot into the pond and hit six hits on the hole and a triple bogey to retreat.
Schaefer eventually finished the tournament at seven-under, finishing third alongside 2015 winner Jordan Spieth of the United States.
Jon Rahm (Spain), ranked third in the world, turned in a 66 on the final day to finish at six-under. He finished fifth with Marc Leishman (Australia).
England’s Justin Rose spent two days on top but retreated in two overs in the final round to finish the tournament at five-under.
Robert McIntyre of The United States and Scotland impressed in his first appearance with a tie for 12th at 2-under. He also qualified for next year’s Masters.
Japan’s men’s first major champion
Matsuyama made his first appearance at the Masters in 2011. I got the Silver Cup, which is given to the top amateur player.
This is his 10th year at this tournament, and he won the Masters for the first time. It is also big news in Japan.
As a Japanese who played an active part in major tournaments, Hisako Higuchi, who won the U.S. Women’s Professional Golf Association (LGPA) Championship in 1977, and Hitako Shibuno, who won the 2019 British Women’s Open, are well known. However, Isao Aoki, the 1980 U.S. Open runner-up, was the last male player involved in the race for the championship.
Matsuyama said in an interview after the championship that he was “really happy” and “I’ve been nervous since the morning and I’ve been nervous until the end.”
He also said that he had always thought of his friends and family, and said, “I’m glad I played really well.” “I thought that the Japanese people would change in the future because I won. Also, I want to do my best so that I can win more and more.”
Amazing score on day 3
Matsuyama came a long way closer to winning the tournament on the third day of the tournament on the 10th the day before. Bad weather interrupted play for about an hour on the day, during which Matsuyama spent time playing cellphone games in his car. Back on course, he made a staggering 65 as he made six-under the remaining eight holes.
On the 11th of the final day, there was tension in the early stages, including a bogey on the first hole that hit the driver through the trees. Zaratrice, on the other hand, made two consecutive birdies at the start to close the gap on Matsuyama.
But Matsuyama also took a birdie on the second hole, and the third and fifth saved par with a brainy play. He birdied the eighth and ninth in a row and finished the first nine holes.
In the second half, Zaratrice dropped scores at nos. 10 and 12, and Matsuyama’s lead widened to six.
Matsuyama, who has not won on the U.S. men’s PGA Tour since 2017, bogeyed the par-3 12th. But on the 13th, he was lucky enough to hit azalea’s tree and return to the rough, winning a birdie.
Schaefer who had dropped four times in the early stages and was in retreat, made four consecutive birdies from the 12th to put pressure on Matsuyama at once. Matsuyama, on the other hand, hit his second shot over the green on the par-5 15th and into the pond on the 16th. The drop resumed play, and the hole was bogeyed, narrowing the gap to Schaefer to two.