Finally, A Green Jacket For Asia!
It looked like an endless wait but the moment that all of Asia waited for has arrived. The walk to the victory ceremony and the tear-jerking experience of adorning the prestigious mark of excellence in golf is now history – Asia has claimed its first Masters Green Jacket.
The man to bring this glory and pride to Asia was none other than Japan’s ace golfer, Hideki “Banzai” Matsuyama (pictured).
It took the 29-year old exactly eleven years since he first set foot on the legendary Augusta National course back in 2010. He won the right to compete in that year after winning the Augusta National-sponsored Asia Pacific Amateur Golf Championship.
Eleven years later, Matsuyama got on deck at the 85th Masters and he won the tournament!
With the win, Matsuyama has made history as the first male golfer from Japan to win a major championship.
Augusta National was its cruel self as it cancelled hard fought strokes and kept pushing back the top players. Matsuyama received the same harsh treatment but he held on after knocking one in the water at the 15th, shooting a 1-over 73 to win the Masters by one stroke.
A five-time winner on the PGA Tour, Matsuyama took control of the tournament with a brilliant 65 on Saturday, doing his best work after a rain delay.
Besides getting his own green jacket, Matsuyama banked in a winner’s check worth US$2.07 million.
Masters rookie Will Zalatoris, who stamped himself as a future star, finished second with a 9-under 279.