AUGUSTA, Georgia – Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama withstood multiple challengers in charge and his own nerves for a one-stroke victory on Sunday at the 2021 Masters, becoming his country’s first golfer to win a major championship.
American Will Zalatoris was a finalist after a 70th final round to go to nine cents.
Jordan Spieth and Xander Sc Chaudele finished third at seven under.
Matsuyama, 29, who overcame bogeys on the 12th, 15th, 16th and 18th holes in the final round, started his triumphant wave on Saturday afternoon, when, after waiting for a rain delay while playing video games in his car in the parking lot, par six under the last eight holes to take a four stroke lead overnight.
On Sunday, after opening his final round with a bogey, Matsuyama hit three of his next eight holes, then survived a nervous finish. He bugged the last hole to finish a par 73 and 10 under for the tournament.
Two Japanese women have won majors: Hisako Higuchi won the 1977 LPGA Championship and Hinako Shibuno won the 2019 British Women’s Open. A week ago, her compatriot, Tsubasa Kajitani, 17, won the Augusta National Women’s Amateur.
Defending champion Dustin Johnson, who won the November Masters just five months ago, failed to make the cut after rounds of 74 and 75.