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.
— The Masters (@TheMasters) April 12, 2021
Matsuyama finished the competition Sunday with a score of 10 under par, according to Bleacher Report.
Making Japan proud Hideki. Congratulations on such a huge accomplishment for you and your country. This historical @TheMasters win will impact the entire golf world.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) April 11, 2021
Fans in Japan and around the world welcomed his win with joy and emotional celebrations of triumph.
I want to send my heartfelt congratulations to Hideki Matsuyama for his Masters Tournament victory, and for being the first Japanese male golfer to win a major championship. I’m not only very happy and pleased for Hideki, but also the whole golfing world of Japan. pic.twitter.com/m56JVHH0LI
— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) April 12, 2021
It’s only fitting, Matsuyama an Asian man won the Masters. Considering what they’ve gone thru in the last yr or so in America and the history of that club. It’s the only just outcome. ?????????? #themasters #StopAsianHate
— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) April 11, 2021
Hideki Matsuyama is the first player representing an Asian country to win the Masters.
He’s the 7th player to win the Masters after being Low Amateur earlier in their career. pic.twitter.com/7XfkdhQeFz
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 11, 2021
Congratulations to Hideki Matsuyama, first Japanese to win the Masters. ⛳️ ? pic.twitter.com/SEEAlozg5s
— Min Jin Lee (@minjinlee11) April 11, 2021
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) April 11, 2021
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.