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Golf-Zalatoris talks to Matsuyama for first time since Masters

By Frank Pingue

(Reuters) – Masters runner-up Will Zalatoris couldn’t catch Hideki Matsuyama at Augusta National Golf Club however did monitor the Japanese main champion down on Tuesday forward of this week’s AT&T Byron Nelson in McKinney, Texas.

Zalatoris stated he ran into Matsuyama in a parking zone at TPC Craig Ranch, the place first-round motion begins on Thursday, for the first time since he completed one shot again of him on the yr’s first main in April.

“I tried to see him after the tournament was over, but he obviously had some more important things to do,” Zalatoris, who was the one participant with 4 under-par rounds on the Masters, stated in his pre-tournament information convention on Tuesday.

“So it was nice to kind of share a moment and just tell him congratulations, and obviously making history like that for an entire country is unbelievable.”

World quantity 15 Matsuyama is returning to competitors this week for the first time since he grew to become the first Japanese man to win a serious championship.

Zalatoris credited Matsuyama for being what he known as a “constant tinkerer” who he stated spends numerous hours testing out each iron shaft, attempting new heads and totally different putters.

“It’s just kind of cool to see a guy try to find the tiny intricacies in different clubs and his golf swing,” stated Zalatoris. “It’s really admirable to see someone who is that passionate about excelling at this game.

“So, like I stated, a man who made historical past for his nation, however there’s additionally no one extra worthy than him to go win that main. So it was a protracted time coming.”

While Zalatoris has not watched a replay of the Masters, where he was bidding to become the first debutant to win a Green Jacket since 1979, he has spent plenty of time reliving some pivotal moments from the final round.

“I’ve sort of seemed again on and tried to work out the place I may discover the one or two photographs, and I do this on each match,” said Zalatoris, who is currently a Special Temporary Member on the PGA Tour.

“We all do, take into consideration how we are able to enhance.”

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Toby Davis)

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