Hideki Matsuyama secured a historic victory at the 2021 Masters Tournament, becoming the first Japanese player to win at Augusta National Golf Club.
It certainly wasn’t easy for Matsuyama, whose win not only was his first at the Masters and his first major championship but also his first victory on the PGA Tour since August 2016. He had four bogeys on the back nine, including consecutive ones on 15 and 16, before eventually eking out a one-stroke victory at 10 under over Masters rookie Will Zalatoris.
Such is life at the Masters, which has broken the hearts of many Round 4 leaders and would-be champions.
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Which is why it was especially poignant when Matsuyama’s caddie, Shota Hayafuji, took time after the tournament to remove his cap and bow in respect to Augusta.
Hideki Matsuyama’s caddie Shota Hayafuji removed his hat and took a bow after returning the pin on the 18th hole.pic.twitter.com/oCVJzT6d3Y
— Sporting News (@sportingnews) April 11, 2021
Truly an awesome moment in what already is the feel-good story of the tournament. Naturally, golf fans loved the sentiment:
— Amanda Makki (@amandamakki) April 11, 2021
This is great! https://t.co/ZtrXqDRR4w
— Zach Potter (@ZachPotterTE) April 11, 2021
Damn I loved this. https://t.co/HHIxOJz29L
— Graham Couch (@Graham_Couch) April 11, 2021
Love this. https://t.co/LnzlxyxJC0
— Kris Budden (@KrisBudden) April 11, 2021