Matsuyama becomes first Japanese golfer to win US Masters

HIDEKI Matsuyama has made history this morning by becoming the first male player from Japan to win one of golf’s major tournaments.

The 29-year-old will don the coveted green jacket after winning the prestigious US Masters.

Matsuyama managed to survive some late drama, including finding the water on the par-5 15th and also bogeying the 16th and 18th holes, to claim a one-shot victory at Augusta National.


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After starting Sunday with a four-shot lead, Matsuyama carded a 73 final round to finish at 10-under 278. Tournament rookie Will Zalatoris was second after a two-under 70.

Matsuyama was visibly emotional after the win, breaking down in tears as he left the 18th hole and walked to the clubhouse.

American duo Jordan Speith and Xander Schauffele finished in a tie for third on seven-under.

Marc Leishman was the best of the Australians in 5th spot, while Queenslander Cameron Smith finished two strokes behind him on three-under.

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