One month to the day since he gained the Masters, Hideki Matsuyama confronted the media once more at the AT&T Byron Nelson as he ready to make his long-awaited return to competitors.
Following his momentous victory at Augusta National, Matsuyama boarded a flight again to Japan and needed to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. In his lodge room he watched some highlights from the ultimate spherical, feeling the nerves over again, and skim each newspaper and journal story written about his win. Matsuyama grew to become the primary Japanese male to win a main.
“Seeing how the Masters win was portrayed in Japan was great, really unforgettable,” he mentioned Tuesday, by way of his interpreter, “and that really stands out from my trip back to Japan.”
Matsuyama mentioned he frolicked together with his spouse and daughter, in addition to his dad and mom, and wore the inexperienced jacket twice in public: at a press convention with reporters and whereas receiving an award from the prime minister of Japan.
Matsuyama mentioned he’s prepared for the elevated media consideration now that he’s a main champion.
“I realize now the responsibility that goes with a major championship, especially the Masters,” he mentioned. “I’m honored. I’m flattered by the added attention, but at the same time, sometimes it’s difficult to say no. But it goes with the territory and I’m grateful that I have this opportunity and I’ll try my best to prepare well for what’s to come.”
As for his recreation, Matsuyama mentioned that he barely practiced whereas in Japan and that he’s undecided how he’ll play this week at TPC Craig Ranch in his one and solely tuneup for subsequent week’s main.
“Really one of my goals now is just to try to find my game again and prepare for the PGA Championship next week,” he mentioned.