Published: 09:52 | 12/4/21

Matsuyama 'very happy' after Masters success

Hideki Matsuyama expressed his delight as he survived a nervous last few holes to become the first Japanese player to win The Masters on Sunday.

The 29-year-old looked to be in total control with a seven shot lead as his rivals struggled to mount a challenge, but some unnecessarily bold shots saw that reduced to just two with three holes to play.

However, he managed to hold on and a bogey at the last saw him card a 73 and claim victory on -10, one shot ahead of Xander Schauffe and debutant Will Zatoris.

2015 champion Jordan Spieth was two shots further back on -7.

"I'm really happy," Matsuyama said afterwards as he accepted the coveted green jacket from 2020 winner Dustin Johnson. 

"My nerves didn't start on the back nine, they were there from the start.

"I was thinking about them [friends and family] all the way around. I am really happy I played well for them. 

Hopefully I will be a pioneer and many other Japanese players will follow and I am glad to be open the floodgates."

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