BREAKING! Hideki Matsuyama Wins The Masters And Becomes The First Japanese To Don The Green Jacket.

History for Hideki Matsuyama who has won the 85th Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday, making him the first player from Japan to claim a men's major championship.

The 29-year-old played the golf with dominance and then resilience, finishing one stroke ahead of 24-year-old American rookie Zalatoris playing two groups in front of Matsuyama, and was bidding to become the first player since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979 to win the Masters in his debut.

Matsuyama carded four birdies and five bogies for a final-round 73 and finished the tournament at 10-under.

He claimed the iconic green jacket in dramatic fashion show after starting the final round 11 under par with a four-stroke lead over four golfers — England's Justin Rose, Australia's Marc Leishman and Americans Xander Schauffele and Zalatoris.

Ten years after he made his sterling debut as the best amateur at the Masters, Matsuyama claimed the ultimate prize and took his place in history.

Matsuyama won for the 15th time worldwide, and it was his sixth PGA Tour title after his first victory at the Memorial in 2014. He had gone 93 tournaments without winning, the longest drought for a Masters champion since 1987, and went to No. 14 in the world.

In his 10th appearance at the tournament, he becomes the second golfer from an Asian country to win men's major, following Y.E. Yang of South Korea who won the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine over Tiger Woods.

"I felt nervous from the start of the day and right through until the end," Matsuyama said. "I was thinking about (my family) all the way around. I'm really happy I was able to play well for them."

"Until last week, I hadn't even been in the top 10 (on the tour) or contended for a title this year. I had no expectations, but in Wednesday's practice, my shots started to feel good again, and I began to think I might have a chance".

According to Japan Times, the native of Ehime Prefecture on the island of Shikoku said he hoped to lead the way for other Japanese golfers to win majors.

"Hopefully I'll be a pioneer and many other Japanese will follow," he said.

"I'll be really happy if my victory here inspires children watching on TV to reach this stage in five or 10 years' time and compete against me. For that reason, I want to keep on winning."

CloudNine Sports understands that five-time winner of the green jacket Tiger Woods, was among the golf luminaries to congratulate Matsuyama on his victory.

"Making Japan proud Hideki. Woods said via his Twitter account. 

"Congratulations on such a huge accomplishment for you and your country. This historical (Masters) win will impact the entire golf world,"

Matsuyama would now be looking forward to using this experience and win a gold medal for Japan on home soil when the 2020 Tokyo Olympics which was postponed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic begins this summer.

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