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By : BGA
Hideki Matsuyama becomes the first Japanese player to win The Masters.
Matsuyama started the day with a four stroke lead but in the end, the winning margin was only 1 from PGA Tour rookie and first time player at The Masters, Will Zalatoris.
After nine holes in the final round Matsuyama looked like he was in cruise control and on his way to his first green jacket but like in so many years things got interesting very quickly.
His playing partner Xander Schauffele birdied the 12th while Matsuyama made a bogey. They traded birdies on the par 5 13th but Schauffele birdied both the 14th and 15th while Matsuyama bogeyed the 15th hole. The lead was down to 2 heading into the par 3 16th which became the turning point in the tournament.
With all the momentum behind him and applying pressure on Matsuyama to win his first major, Schauffele hit his approach into the 16th short and into the water. His next went long over the green and walked off with a triple bogey six. Meanwhile Matsuyama had hit it into the middle of the green had a snake of a birdie putt which went pass the hole 6 – 7 foot and was not able to make par.
The lead was down to 2 but instead of Schauffele breathing down his neck it was Zalatoris who made a great up and down on 18th to stay at 9 under.
Matsuyama navigated the 17th with a green in regulation par and only needing a bogey on the last and with a pitching wedge with his second, hit it into the green side trap on the right. He then hit his third to about 6 foot and knew he had 2 putts to win.
In the end the winning margin was only 1 but the green jacket was Matsuyama’s.