Thrilled Japanese followers welcomed Hideki Matsuyama’s historic Masters victory on Monday, with broadcasters near tears and the nation’s prime minister hailing the win as a vibrant spot in the course of the pandemic.
“Matsuyama Masters” trended on Twitter after the 29-year-old earned himself a spot in historical past by changing into the primary Japanese man to seize a serious golf title.
“Matsuyama opens the door of history,” declared the Asahi Shimbun newspaper.
In Japan, the one-stroke victory got here early on Monday morning, with some broadcasters carrying stay footage of his ultimate spherical 73 that noticed him end on 10-under par.
On personal station TBS, broadcasters and commentators choked up as Matsuyama sank the ultimate putt to assert the inexperienced jacket symbolic of Masters supremacy.
“Congratulations. Thank you,” a presenter stated as two golf commentators subsequent to him struggled to carry again tears.
TV networks ran breaking information flashes saying the victory and a number of newspapers printed particular editions often reserved just for main tales.
On Twitter, followers flooded to congratulate the nation’s new sporting hero.
“I can’t see through my tears,” one fan wrote.
Even Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga weighed in, telling reporters the efficiency had been “really wonderful.”
“I think it encouraged and excited people across Japan at a time when the impact from coronavirus is lingering,” he stated.
“It is a great achievement.”
Public broadcaster NHK carried interviews with delighted residents of the golfer’s hometown — Matsuyama metropolis in western Japan’s Ehime.
“It’s great news that will encourage everyone,” one middle-aged man stated.
“I hope this brilliant achievement by such a young man will offer hope for everyone,” he added.
Matsuyama, who held off Americans Will Zalatoris, Xander Schauffele and Jordan Spieth to assert the $2.07 million winner’s prize, is barely the second Asian man to triumph in a golf main, after South Korea’s Yang Yong-eun received the 2009 PGA Championship.
Ranked twenty fifth, he had not received because the 2017 WGC Akron match, however calmly floor out clutch pars and struck for essential birdies in a pressure-packed march to glory at Augusta National.
Japan’s two earlier main golf titles belonged to girls, Chako Higuchi on the 1977 LPGA Championship and Hinako Shibuno on the 2019 Women’s British Open.
And the most effective earlier main showings by Japanese males had been Isao Aoki’s runner-up place on the 1980 US Open and Matsuyama’s share of second on the 2017 US Open.
In Matsuyama metropolis, one resident stated the hometown hero’s win was some much-needed mild aid.
“I’m so happy to hear it, as we haven’t had much good news lately,” the younger girl advised NHK.