By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
A Japanese golfer has won a Green Jacket for the first time. Hideki Matsuyama has won the prestigious Masters Tournament on Sunday at the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia.
This is the first time that a Japanese male golfer won a major championship. He is also the first Asian-born golfer to win this event.
Matsuyama had a final score of 278 with a -10 under par to win the event. He won the $2.07 million grand prize.
“It’s thrilling to think that there are a lot of youngsters in Japan watching today,” he said through an interpreter. “Hopefully in five, 10 years, when they get a little older, some of them will be competing on the world stage. … Hopefully I’ll be a pioneer, and many other Japanese will follow. I’m glad to be able to open the floodgates.”
With Matsuyama’s win, he is the first non-American to win his prestigious event since 2017 when Sergio Garcia won. Three straight American golfers had received a Green Jacket.
American Will Zalatoris finished second as he was one shot behind. He had a -9 under par with a final score of 279.
Xander Schauffele and former Masters Champion Jordan Spieth were tied for third. Both men had a -7 under par with a 281 score.