Masters day four: Hideki Matsuyama makes history for Japan

Phil Casey
·3 min read

Watch: Japan's Matsuyama makes history as Masters champ

Hideki Matsuyama will represent his country in his home Olympics as a major champion after surviving a late self-inflicted wound to win the 85th Masters.

A decade after finishing as the leading amateur at Augusta National, Matsuyama became the first male Japanese player to win a major title, four months ahead of the Tokyo Games.

The 29-year-old was cruising to victory until a two-shot swing on the 15th saw his lead cut in half, only for nearest rival Xander Schauffele to promptly find the water with his tee shot on the 16th.

A closing 73 gave Matsuyama a winning total of 10 under par and a one-shot victory over debutant Will Zalatoris, with Schauffele and 2015 champion Jordan Spieth two shots further back.

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Adam Sandler, star of Happy Gilmore, wished Will Zalatoris good luck ahead of the final round with a reminder of his similarity to Gilmore’s first caddie in the cult film.

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“Hideki in Japan – he’s a bit like a Tiger Woods to the rest of the world” – Adam Scott sums up how big a star Matsuyama was even before his victory.

Shot of the day

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There was admittedly a fair amount of luck involved, but Tony Finau did not care after remarkably escaping with a par on the seventh.

Round of the day

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New dad Jon Rahm only arrived in Augusta on Wednesday afternoon and carded three straight rounds of 72 before closing with a superb 66.

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Jordan Spieth contended once again at Augusta National but the 2015 champion came up short.

Easiest hole

The par-five second played to an average of just 4.296, the traditional Sunday pin position yielding five eagles, 28 birdies and not a single bogey.

Toughest hole

The par-four 11th played to an average of 4.426, with just one player making a birdie as it played to a total of 23 over par.

When is the next major?

Kiawah Island hosts the US PGA Championship from May 20-23.

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