With an accumulated card of 278 strokes, the Japanese conquers his first professional title and dons the traditional green jacket that distinguishes the winners of the Masters
AUGUSTA – Hideki Matsuyama, number 25 in the world, saw the great dream of his life come true this Sunday by becoming the first Japanese to conquer the Augusta Masters, his first major title as a professional.
Japanese golfers have been competing for the green jacket since the 1936 edition.
The 29-year-old Matsuyama today delivered a scorecard of 73 hits (+1) and accumulated 278 in the four rounds (-10), one less than the second classified, the American Will Zalatoris (279, -9).
Third place was shared by two Americans: Jordan sppieth, winner of the tournament in 2015; Y Xander Schuffele, who fought for the title until the 16th hole when he made a three-shot double bogey. Both finished with 281 hits (-7).
The Spanish Jon Rahm, who today accumulated 66 hits (-6), finished fifth (282, -6).
The new Masters champion, who received the “Green Jacket” from the American Dustin Johnson, winner of the tournament in November, but couldn’t make the cut this year, will win a cash prize of $ 2,070,000.
Matsuyama, who played his tenth Masters, his eighth as a professional, and his best performance so far this year had been a shared fifth place in 2015, finished the tournament with records of 69, 71, 65 and 73.