Thrilled Japanese golf followers welcomed Hideki Matsuyama’s historic Masters victory on Monday, with broadcasters near tears and the prime minister hailing the win as a brilliant spot throughout the pandemic.
“Matsuyama Masters” trended on Twitter and golf-related shares rose on the Tokyo inventory market after the 29-year-old turned the primary Japanese man to seize a significant golf title.
“Matsuyama opens the door of history,” declared the Asahi Shimbun newspaper.
In Japan, the one-stroke victory was sealed simply after 8.00 am Monday morning, with some broadcasters carrying stay footage of his final-round 73 that noticed him end on 10-under par.
On the TBS station, 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 asserting the victory and a number of newspapers printed particular editions on-line, normally reserved for main tales.
As Tokyo’s inventory market opened, shares in Value Golf, which supplies providers linked to the game, jumped 14 %, whereas golf membership maker Graphite Design rose 16 %.
Fans flooded to congratulate the nation’s new sporting hero as social media lit up.
“I can’t see through my tears,” one fan tweeted.
Japan’s prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, instructed reporters Matsuyama’s 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.”
Government spokesman Katsunobu Kato stated Matsuyama was the newest in a string of Japanese sports activities stars serving up inspiring performances, from Naomi Osaka’s triumph at tennis’s Australian Open to Japanese gamers having fun with success in Major League Baseball within the US.
“I hope each one of them will keep playing greatly,” he stated.
– ‘Hope for everybody’ –
Public broadcaster NHK carried interviews with delighted residents of the golfer’s hometown, Matsuyama metropolis in western Japan’s Ehime.
“I’m so happy to hear it, as we haven’t had much good news lately,” one younger girl stated.
Matsuyama — who held off Americans Will Zalatoris, Xander Schauffele and Jordan Spieth to assert the $2.07 million winner’s prize — is simply the second Asian man to triumph in a golf main, after South Korea’s Yang Yong-eun gained the 2009 PGA Championship.
Ranked twenty fifth, he had not gained for the reason that 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.
“It is now clear that a Japanese player can win. As I keep doing my best, I want you to do your best too, and keep dreaming of playing in a major,” Matsuyama instructed TBS when requested for a message to kids in Japan.
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.
“It’s great news that will encourage everyone,” a middle-aged man in Matsuyama metropolis instructed NHK.
“I hope this brilliant achievement by such a young man will offer hope for everyone.”