Hideki Matsuyama Wins Masters, Becoming First Japanese Champion


Hideki Matsuyama, of Japan, tees off on the fourth hole during the third round of the Masters golf tournament on Saturday, April 10, 2021, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Hideki Matsuyama went into the final hole of the Masters with a two-stroke lead and poised to become the first male player from Japan to win one of golf’s major championships.

Matsuyama gave his challengers a bit of hope by skipping one into the water at No. 15, leading to a bogey that reduced his lead to two shots over Xander Schauffele.

But Schauffele found the water at 16, leading to the first triple-bogey of his major championship career.

Matsuyama won golf’s most prestigious tournament at 11 under par.

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