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Japan’s Matsuyama chases historic Masters triumph

Hideki Matsuyama, attempting to develop into the primary Japanese man to win a significant golf title, held a four-stroke lead as Sunday’s dramatic closing spherical of the eighty fifth Masters started.

Matsuyama stood on 11-under 205 after 54 holes at Augusta National, seizing command with a Masters career-low seven-under par 65 on Saturday, the one bogey-free spherical of the occasion.

England’s Justin Rose, Australian Marc Leishman and Americans Xander Schauffele and Will Zalatoris shared second on 209 with Canada’s Corey Conners on 210 and three-time main winner Jordan Spieth seventh on 211.

Japan’s Chako Higuchi received the 1977 LPGA Championship and Hinako Shibuno received the 2019 Women’s British Open however the nearest Japanese males have come to a significant win was Isao Aoki’s runner-up effort on the 1980 US Open and Matsuyama’s share of second on the 2017 US Open.

“All I can do is prepare well, try my best, and do the best that I can,” Matsuyama mentioned by way of a translator.

The solely Asian man to win a significant title was South Korea’s Yang Yong-eun on the 2009 PGA Championship.

World quantity 25 Matsuyama hasn’t received because the 2017 WGC Akron event, however 87 begins later, he’ll attempt to match the triumph from his solely different 54-hole outright US PGA lead, at WGC Shanghai in 2016.

Matsuyama’s lead was the identical margin as 2020 winner Dustin Johnson loved getting into final yr’s closing spherical, but in addition the identical measurement because the lead Rose took after Thursday’s opening spherical solely to squander it.

The typical Sunday set-up at Augusta National presents back-nine scoring alternatives for challengers and a tension-packed threat and reward take a look at like few different programs on this planet.

Of the final 30 Masters champions, 25 of them got here from the ultimate Sunday pairing, which sees Matsuyama and sixth-ranked Schauffele tee off at 2:40 p.m. (1840 GMT). The two have been taking part in companions on Saturday as properly.

Schauffele has had eight runner-up finishes since final successful in January 2019 on the US PGA Tournament of Champions, together with a share of second behind Tiger Woods on the 2019 Masters.

Rose, the 2013 US Open champion and a two-time Masters runner-up, is attempting to develop into solely the third Englishman to seize the inexperienced jacket after three-time winner Nick Faldo and Danny Willett in 2016.

Zalatoris is attempting to develop into the primary participant to win the Masters in his debut since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979.

Leishman, whose greatest main end was a playoff loss on the 2015 British Open, delivered his greatest Masters end by sharing fourth in 2013.

Faldo in 1979 was the newest participant to return from exterior the highest 5 within the closing spherical to win.

But Spieth will try the feat per week after snapping a four-year win drought with a US PGA triumph at San Antonio.

Since 1960, solely US left-hander Phil Mickelson and Scotsman Sandy Lyle have received the Masters and received the prior week as properly.

Second-ranked Justin Thomas was 10 strokes adrift. A victory would make him the brand new world primary however he must eclipse the best last-day Masters comeback of eight strokes by Jack Burke in 1956.


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