A great finish with history being made at Augusta National on Sunday.
Hideki Matsuyama became the first Japanese player to win a men’s major championship and the first winner of the Masters to be born in Asia in PGA history. He’s the latest to be fitted for the green jacket, winning with a score of 10 under par on Sunday.
Matsuyama held a four-stroke lead entering the final round after on Saturday. The Japanese star got off to a rough start on Sunday with a set of bogeys early, but quickly bounced back despite a late comeback Xander Schauffele, who got within two strokes. He finished one stroke above Will Zalatoris (-9) for second place, and Schauffele who tied Jordan Spieth (-7) for third.
Matsuyama was just even par for his through seven holes before he birdied on eight and nine, increasing his lead to five strokes.
The 29-year-old Masters winner is now the second golfer from an Asian country to clinch a men’s major, according to the Japan Times. Matsuyama follows South Korean’s Y.E. Yang, who won a PGA Championship in 2009. He made his Masters debut a decade ago as an amateur.