April 11 (UPI) — Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama held off an erratic Xander Schauffele for a one-stroke victory on the eighty fifth Masters Tournament on Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, claiming his first main title and the Green Jacket.
With the victory, he made historical past as the primary male golfer from Japan to win a significant championship.
“Hopefully, I’ll be a pioneer and many other Japanese will follow,” Matsuyama mentioned.
The 29-year-old Matsuyama, who shot 65 in Saturday’s third spherical, ended at 1-over par on the ultimate day to complete the event with a 10-under 278.
Matsuyama, a five-time winner on the PGA Tour, gained greater than $2 million in prize cash for his triumph at Augusta.
Schauffele was behind Matsuyama at 10-under par heading to the par-3 sixteenth gap, however collapsed with a triple-bogey to fall out of rivalry. It was the primary triple-bogey of Schauffele’s main championship profession.
He carded 4 consecutive birdies earlier than his blunder on gap No. 16 to inch nearer to Matsuyama’s lead.
On the entrance 9, Schauffele sank three birdies, but additionally had two bogeys and a double bogey, ending at even-par 72 in what proved to be an inconsistent last day for the American.
Will Zalatoris positioned second at 9-under 279, whereas Jordan Spieth and Schauffele tied for third at 7-under 281. Jon Rahm had a final-round-best 66 to leap 16 spots and share fifth with Marc Leishman.