By Olivia Pocat
Starting in 1934, Augusta National has been home to one of the most prestigious golf events in the world, The Masters. Over four days and 72 holes, up to 100 of the best players from all over the world compete to win the title of champion, as well as the iconic green jacket. On April 5 2021, the 85th Masters tournament took place, encompassing some of the greatest golf ever seen. At 3:48 PM on April 10th 2021, Justin Rose was in the lead at 9-under par, with Will Zalatoris, Justin Thomas, Corey Conners, and Marcus Leishman close in score with 6-under par. However, when a possible storm caused a 77 minute weather delay, the tables turned.
During the delay, Matsuyama sat in his car looking at his cell phone. On his first two holes after the delay, Matsuyama birdied, putting him at 7-under and giving him share of the lead. He then eagled hole 15 and birdied 16 and 17 which put him at 11-under par for the first bogey-free round in Masters history. With this record-breaking score of a 7-under 65, Matsuyama entered the fourth round, Sunday. After a day of eventful golf, Matsuyama remained at 11 under until hole 18, where he bogeyed, to finish the round at 1-over par, with a cool 73. Matsuyama was able to win the Masters tournament with 10 under, followed by Will Zalatoris, Jordan Spieth, and other great golfers. What makes this win so special, however, is the cultural glory Matsuyama brought to his country. Matsuyama became the first Japanese golfer to ever win or enter the final round in the lead of a major tournament. Matsuyama earned the green jacket by playing wonderfully, beating out his opponents, and being confident in himself.