A brand new golf period has dawned within the Land of the Rising Sun because of Hideki Matsuyama’s victory Sunday on the Masters, the primary main triumph by a Japanese man.
And global golf icon Tiger Woods says Matsuyama’s one-stroke win over American Will Zalatoris for the inexperienced jacket will resonate worldwide.
“Making Japan proud Hideki,” Woods tweeted. “Congratulations on such a huge accomplishment for you and your country. This historical @TheMasters win will impact the entire golf world.”
Matsuyama hopes his success will encourage legions of Japanese golfers to comply with his instance and launch careers within the sport, a lot the way in which “Tigermania” sparked larger curiosity after Woods gained the 1997 Masters.
“I hope it will affect golf in a good way, not only those who are golfers already but the youngsters who are inclined to play golf,” Matsuyama stated by means of a translator.
“I hope they will see this victory and think it’s cool and try and follow in my footsteps.
“Maybe plenty of youthful golfers thought, ‘That’s an impossibility,’ however with me doing it they may notice it’s attainable and in the event that they set their minds to it they will do it.”
Australia’s Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters champion and the only man from his homeland to win the Masters, says the new champion can expect his own “Matsu-mania” in Japan.
“He’s a bit like a Tiger Woods to the remainder of the world, Hideki in Japan,” Scott said. “He has obtained such a giant following each week, regardless of how he performs anyway.
“I think he’d become the superstar of Japan if he isn’t already. I don’t think he really feels the weight of expectation like we all kind of can see what it would mean for Japan and golf over there.”
An enormous media contingent follows Matsuyama, famous three-time Masters champion Nick Faldo.
“It’s a fanatical nation for golf. Golf is on the national news,” Faldo stated. “The weight he’s carrying… the intensity is 10 times more than a regular tournament.”
South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, sees solely good issues for golf-loving Japan and its unprecedented champion.
“I think it’s time for someone that side (of the world) winning a major and it’ll be great for Hideki and for his country,” Oosthuizen stated. “The Japanese people are great people, and they love their golf. I think it’ll be a great thing for his country.”
– Cherry on the cake –
South Africa’s Ernie Els, a two-time US Open and two-time British Open champion, advised Golf Channel his win could be “a cherry on the cake for the whole nation — really uneblievable. It would be incredible. Golf in Japan is such a huge sport.”
Mexico’s Abraham Ancer made the Tiger comparability when he noticed how Matsuyama was handled in Japan.
“When I was there for the Zozo, the people watching him and Tiger. It was like a major,” Ancer stated. “So for him to get this W, it’s huge for Japan.
“I had no thought how huge the next was of golf down there, and it was superb. It will imply the world I’m positive for all of the Japanese folks for him to win.”