Matsuyama Makes History for Japan

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Toby Meyer, Reporter

The 2021 Masters Tournament was held over the weekend at Augusta National Golf Club and it was another very exciting and lower scoring tournament.

 

Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama carded a one over par 73 in the final round, but it was enough to pull through to grab the victory, becoming Japan’s first ever male golfer to win a major championship. Matsuyama took home $2,070,000 of the $11,500,000 purse.

 

Matsuyama had a steady week, but went off on Saturday firing a seven under par 65 vaulting him into the final paring on Sunday. He started the final round at 11 under par and held a three-shot lead. Despite an opening hole bogey and his lead being cut to one, Matsuyama tallied three birdies on his front nine and started to distance himself playing his way through the historic back nine at Augusta National. Matsuyama would bogey three out of his last four holes, but it was just enough to edge out PGA TOUR and Masters rookie Will Zalatoris who was exceptional in his first ever Masters Tournament.

 

Zalatoris turned out to be quite the story over the weekend showing absolutely zero signs of nerves throughout the week, breaking par in every single round. He finished nine under par and lost by just a shot.

 

This is Matsuyama’s first career major championship victory and his first win in 1,344 days since winning the 2017 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions. This is the second week in a row a significant drought has been snapped on TOUR after Jordan Spieth snapped his 1,351-day drought winning the Valero Texas Open for his first victory since the 2017 Open Championship.

 

Spieth went on to finish tied third this week as he continues to find his game again. His tie for third is his fifth top-5 finish in his last eight starts. In his previous 73 starts, Spieth had recorded just four top-5’s. It was his third top-3 finish in fifteen starts so far this season where he just had three in his previous 63 starts.

 

Some big names struggled last week at Augusta National including defending champion Dustin Johnson who would go on to miss the cut. Along with Johnson, Rory Mcilroy, Matt Kucher, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Cantlay, and Matthew Wolff all missed the cut.

 

Full results and all other tournament information can be found at masters.com.