Japan’s Matsuyama Wins His First Masters
Hideki Matsuyama won the 2021 Masters Tournament to become the first male pro tour major championship winner from Japan. Matsuyama claimed his first major championship title and sixth win overall on the PGA Tour. He became just the eighth champion (nine instances) with an over-par final-round score.
Special temporary member/PGA Tour rookie Will Zalatoris finished a career-best runner-up and has six Top 10s and 11 Top 25 finishes in 15 starts this season.
Jordan Spieth, the first player in Masters history to birdie No. 10 all four rounds, finished inside the top three for the fifth time in eight appearances at the Masters.
Xander Schauffele’s triple bogey on No. 16 was his first in 1,042 holes in a major championship. Despite the major set-back, he registered his second Top 3 finish at the Masters.
With a bogey-free 6-under (66), (the second bogey-free round of the week), Jon Rahm picked up his fourth consecutive Top 10 finish at the Masters (4/2018, T9/2019, T7/2020, T5/2021). Rahm now has 15 consecutive par-or-better rounds at the Masters.
Final Leaderboard from the 2021 Masters
Hideki Matsuyama 69-71-65-73—278 (-10)
Will Zalatoris 70-68-71-70—279 (-9)
Jordan Spieth 71-68-72-70—281 (-7)
Xander Schauffele 72-69-68-72—281 (-7)
Jon Rahm 72-72-72-66—282 (-6)
Marc Leishman 72-67-70-73—282 (-6)
Full Leaderboard: (link)
Prize Money: (link)
What They’re Saying About the Masters
Matsuyama’s Win Will Inspire Homeland (PGATourCom)
Super Star of Japan (Golf Week/USA Today)
Zalatoris Shined in Masters Debut (PGATourCom)
The Lessons the Masters Taught (ESPNCom)
Spieth with Another Strong Masters Finish (PGATourCom)
Masters Prize Money (Golf Week/USA Today)
What They’re Saying About Golf Industry, Sporting Goods, #SportsBiz
What’s In Matsuyama’s Bag? (PGATourCom)
Japan Celebrates Matsuyama’s Win (ESPN)
Protestors Outside Augusta National GC (Golf Week)
Tennis Anyone? adidas Issued Stan Smith Golf Shoes (Golf Week)
The RBC Heritage from Hilton Head, South Carolina.
First Look (PGATourCom)
2020 Leaderboard (link)
2021 Field (link)
On This Day in Golf History
April 12, 1981 - Tom Watson won his second Masters title and his fifth major with a two-stroke victory over Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller at Augusta National GC. “It’s better the second time around,” said Watsonalso the 1977 Masters champion. - Courtesy of Randy Walker, Author of On This Day in Golf History, available via Amazon.com and by clicking HERE
It’s a Wrap from Augusta, and it Closes with Proper Respects: