Hideki Matsuyama won his first US Masters this morning with a score of 10-under par. In securing the green jacket, Matsuyama becomes the first Japanese professional golfer to win a men’s major golf championship.
Despite dropping three strokes on his final four holes in windy conditions, Matsyama finished with a bogey to pip American debutant Will Zalatoris by one shot.
Matsyama was able to hold on after an impressive performance on Saturday (Sunday AEST) that put him in the lead heading into the final round.
Marc Leishman finished the highest of the Australian representatives. After starting the day in second place, Leishman hopes ended in a tie for fifth. Fellow Aussie Cameron Smith was the next best finishing in a tie for tenth.
The historic win at Augusta National marks Matsuyama’s sixth victory on the PGA Tour and 15th worldwide.
Matsuyama’s previous best finish at Augusta was a fifth place in 2015. Coming into the Masters the Japanese golfer was the 25th ranked athlete on the PGA Tour.
2021 US Masters Leaderboard:
- Hideki Matsuyama -10
- Will Zalatoris -9
- Xander Schauffele -7
- Jordan Spieth -7
- Jon Rahm -6
- Marc Leishman -6
Photo: The Masters by Torrey Wiley available HERE used under a Creative Commons Attribution. The image has not been modified.