Masters 2021 standings, scores: Hideki Matsuyama makes history as the first Japanese to win major golf

With stellar ball strokes and an Augusta National dominance unmatched by anyone on the field in the last two rounds, Hideki Matsuyama (-10) converted a 54-hole lead in his first green jacket and major championship, winning the 2021 Masters by one. . stroke on Sunday. Matsuyama’s victory in this Masters 85 is not only his first green jacket, but the first major championship won by a Japanese male golfer and only the second captured by a male golfer from an Asian nation (YE Yang of South Korea, PGA Championship 2009).

“I’m very happy,” Matsuyama said bluntly at the start of the green jacket ceremony inside Butler Cabin after the final round.

Masters rookie Will Zalatoris (-9) finished as runner-up in a defining moment for the 24-year-old. It was followed by a couple of regulars from the major championship standings, as Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele tied for third at 7 under par. Both Spieth and Schauffele had highlights Sunday that suggested they could run a race in a green jacket, but each also had mistakes that cost them a real chance to win.

Matsuyama started the day with a four-beat lead, seeing it reduced to just one before growing to six strokes until he found the water at No. 15 and made things interesting down the stretch. But at every turn this wild Sunday, Matsuyama seemed to have answers, and that was especially shown during his birdies at No. 9 and No. 13.

Although he has been constantly in contention in the majors for the past several years, previously Matsuyama struggled to get the job done over the weekend while carrying the weight and hopes of a nation on his shoulders. From 2015-17, he achieved top-five finishes in four majors, including a fifth place at Augusta National in 2015. That was what sparked Matsuyama’s emergence as one of the best golfers in the world. He spent much of 2017 in the top five of the Official World Golf Rankings, even reaching No. 2 twice after finishing in the top five at the US Open and PGA Championship that year.

It has been a bit difficult for Matsuyama to get back to this point, as Sunday’s victory is the first since the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in August 2017. Long regarded as one of the elite ball hitters in the game, Matsuyama He was able to put it all together on the greens with impressive putting performances at the weekend to put victory on ice.

“Hopefully, I will be a pioneer in this and many other Japanese will follow,” he said on CBS on Sunday. “I am proud to finally be able to open the floodgates, and many others will follow.”

With Matsuyama, the Masters gets its sixth winner for the first time in the last seven years, with the sole exception of Tiger Woods’ epic victory in 2019. Five of those six newly named champions had not won a Major before donning the green jacket. . , with the exception that Dustin Johnson won his second major at Augusta National in November 2020.

Matsuyama also solidifies his place in history as the first Japan-born Masters winner and senior men’s champion with his victory occurring 10 years after he first appeared at Augusta National as a 19-year-old fan. He finished T27 at that Masters, scoring a 4-under-68 on Sunday to collect the amateur-bass trophy in a ceremony alongside Masters champion Charl Schwartzel.

A decade later, it’s Matsuyama donning the green jacket after a Masters of All Ages victory, just a week after his Japanese golf partner Tsubasa Kajitani captured Augusta’s second annual National Amateur Women’s Championship.

Here’s how the rest of the rankings shook behind Matsuyama:

2. Will Zalatoris (-9): Zalatoris, the only golfer on the course to record four rounds below par at the 2021 Masters, has put the golfing world on alert. His confidence and ability to remain unflappable in these high pressure weekend situations, even as a rookie, is noticeable and we should expect the 24-year-old to be a factor on the PGA Tour for years to come. This is only his third outing in a major championship, and he already has two top-10 finishes with this week’s runner-up after a T6 at the 2020 US Open.

T3. Xander Schauffele (-7): A triple bogey at No. 16 will continue to be an unsettling detail of Schauffele’s final round, especially with Matsuyama bogeying the final hole to finish with a winning score just three strokes better than Xander’s last-place finish. Schauffele got things done at times, but a double bogey at No. 5 along with the triple at No. 16 ultimately kept him from winning his first major championship. This is Schauffele’s eighth top-10 result in a major championship and sixth top-five result, down from his 2019 T2 in terms of Masters finals.

T3. Jordan Spieth (-7): Although he did not win, this week should be considered a victory for Spieth. The scoring conditions called for a grinder and Spieth fits the mold for someone who can win more than he loses on 72 holes in that situation. He had a triple bogey, a double bogey and eight bogeys in the week, but he always seemed to have answers with 18 birdies and an eagle.

T5. Jon Rahm (-6): The man himself seemed to scoff at the idea that this qualifying finish represented his closeness to victory, telling Amanda Balionis that while he has achieved many good results at the Masters, only once did he feel he had a chance, at the end of Sunday’s round in 2018. Rahm will win the Masters one day because his game and his appreciation for Augusta National are too strong not to break his path at some point. But three straight rounds of 72 kept Sunday’s round from being good enough to put pressure on the leader.

T5. Marc Leishman (-6): Another strong important result for Leishman, who now has three top-10 finishes in the Masters since 2013 and six top-10 finishes in the majors. Leishman tied a par 5 record in the November 2020 edition of this tournament, but mistakes elsewhere left him T13, so this week should be seen as a step up for him.

7. Justin Rose (-5): The 18- and 36-hole leader will no doubt be frustrated because he was never able to match the magic he displayed during his round of 65 on Thursday. But the lead he created in that opening round by going down as so many struggled to score allowed him to post his sixth top-10 finish at the Masters and the seventh consecutive year with at least one top-10 finish in a major championship.

T8. Patrick Reed, Corey Conners (-4): Two golfers who took opposite directions on Sunday to finish in the same place in the rankings. Conners started the day at a surprising distance from Matsuyama, but faded out of the contest with a round of 74 of two-up, while Reed had his best round of the week to jump into the top 10 with a 69.

T10. Cameron Smith, Tony Finau (-3): A final round 70 gives Cam Smith his third top-10 in the past four years of Masters starts, joining the T2 beginning in November 2020 and a T5 final in 2018. Finau, likewise, has three top-10s in the Masters in four starts, with Sunday’s even-par round of 72 giving him a second T10 to complete his T5 in 2019.

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