Japanese Hideki Matsuyama became the first Asian champion in the Major Golf Masters Championship. He won the green jacket on the field in Augusta thanks to a total of -10 points and a bullet wound on newcomer to the tournament, American Will Zalatores.
The 29-year-old Matsuyama won the sixth and first PGA title in nearly four years. He got $ 2.070 million for this victory, and more than 53.5 million crowns.
“Maybe I will be a leader in relation to other Japanese players,” wished the first major winner from Land of the Rising Sun. “I hope I have opened the dam gate and that others will follow,” he said.
Matsuyama entered the final round on Sunday with a four-shot lead. The day began with a ghost, while Zalatoris fired two planes and suddenly lost only one bullet. However, the American players and other golfers made a mistake, and the Japanese gradually regained a major advance of six shots.
After a fifteenth foul, he manages to see two shots on Macujam thanks to four birds in a row by Xander Schauffel. But the drama did not happen, the American played briefly on three fifteen pairs and the ball got into the water. He scored three shots equally, and the Japanese, no longer threatened by anyone, went on to win.
Shavili finished third with fellow countryman Jordan Speth. The final round of the best in -6 helped Spaniard John Ram to share fifth place with Australian Mark Leishman. England’s Justin Rose came in seventh after four strikes after the first round.
Masters, Grand Slam Golf Championship in Augusta, USA (Paragraph 72, grant of $ 11.5 million):
1. Matsuyama (Japan) 278 (69 + 71 + 65 + 73) 2. Zalatori 279 (70 + 68 + 71 + 70), 3. Shavili 281 (72 + 69 + 68 + 72) and Speth (all of the United States of America) ) 281 (71 + 68 + 72 + 70), 5. Leishman (Australia) 282 (72 + 67 + 70 + 73) and Ram (Sp.) 282 (72 + 72 + 72 + 66), 7. Rose (English) 283 (65 + 72 + 72 + 74), 8. Konners (Canada) 284 (73 + 69 + 68 + 74) and RED 284 (70 + 75 + 70 + 69), 10. Finau (both USA) 285 74 + 66 + 73 + 72).