Weekly Recap: Matsuyama Masters Augusta

Weekly Recap: Matsuyama Masters Augusta

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There wasn't a whole lot of drama at the Masters on Sunday. Oh, it was great to watch and, c'mon, it was the Masters. But it didn't quite have the oomph that it has had many times through the years.

You can blame it on Hideki Matsuyama.

Matsuyama began the day with a four-stroke lead and never completely lost it, brilliantly delivering a metronomic and history-making performance to win the 85th Masters at Augusta National.

The 29-year-old Japanese star thus became the first Asian-born golfer – and therefore, the first from Japan – to win the Masters and the second to ever win a golf major, joining South Korea's Y.E. Yang, who famously took down Tiger Woods at the 2009 PGA Championship.  

Matsuyama was never in any great peril. His lead ballooned to six strokes on the back nine and only twice all day did it dip as low as one – early in the day, when a gallant Will Zalatoris had a birdie putt to tie from off the green at No. 3 but wound up with a bogey, and then after the final stroke of the tournament, which Matsuyama tapped in to complete the historic one-shot victory.

Of course, there coulda/shoulda/woulda been a whole lot more drama had Xander Schauffele not astonishingly rinsed his tee ball on 16 while sitting two strokes back with three to play at 10-under-par – the very same number that Matsuyama won with. Much more on Schauffele in a bit.

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Len Hochberg
Len Hochberg has covered golf for RotoWire since 2013. A veteran sports journalist, he was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years. He was named 2020 "DFS Writer of the Year" by the FSWA and was nominated for the same award in 2019.
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