Hideki Matsuyama wins the 2021 Masters, becoming first Japanese man to win golf major

CNN  — 

Hideki Matsuyama put together two brilliant closing rounds at the Augusta National to win the 2021 Masters.

The Japanese golfer finished ahead of Will Zalatoris in second to claim his first major. He shot a final round 73 to finish with a score of 10 under par, one shot ahead of the American runner-up.

The 29-year-old was bunched amongst his competitors before an hour-long weather delay on Saturday before he catapulted himself into the lead in the third round with some scintillating golf.

In the all important fourth round on Sunday, Matsuyama held off early tests from Zalatoris and a late push from Xander Schauffele, in which both players found the water, before guiding himself to victory.

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In winning the famous golf tournament, Matsuyama became the first Japanese man to win a golf major and ended an almost four-year winless drought.

As is tradition, last year’s winner Dustin Johnson – who failed to make the cut this year after suffering his own struggles – presented Matsuyama with his Green Jacket which etched him into Masters and golfing folklore.