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Hideki Matsuyama becomes first Japanese man to win Masters

Matsuyama, whose victory comes with a $2.07 million prize, is the second Asian man to win a golf major.

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Hideki Matsuyama won the 85th Masters Tournament on Sunday making him the first Japanese man and second Asian man to win the competition. (Photo Credit: (Masters Tournament)

Hideki Matsuyama, the winner of the 85th Masters’ Tournament, is the first Japanese man to win the competition. 

The Japan-native carried a four-stroke lead into the final round of his historic win. 

Matsuyama finished the competition Sunday with a score of 10 under par, according to Bleacher Report

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Fans in Japan and around the world welcomed his win with joy and emotional celebrations of triumph. 

After his historic win, he spoke at a press conference and said it is “thrilling” to have young children in Japan looking up to him. 

Matsuyama, whose victory comes with a $2.07 million prize, is the second Asian man to win a golf major with South Korea’s Yang Yong-eun winning the 2009 PGA Championship. 

Japan’s previous major golf titles were held by two women, Chajo Kiguchi and Hinako Shibuno, France 24 reported.