Masters 2021

Matsuyama Carves His Place in History
Sunday, April 11, 2021
The 85th Masters Tournament began with the spotlight on one trailblazer and ended with all the attention on another.

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    11 April 2021

    Matsuyama’s Sunday journey around the Augusta National course was eventful, the four-stroke lead he carried into the final round shrinking and growing and shrinking again before he was able to close out a historic victory.
    He came to the 72nd hole on a warm and sunny afternoon with a two-shot advantage over Will Zalatoris, a cushion that allowed the 29-year-old to make a bogey to shoot 73 and finish at 10-under 278, one ahead of the Masters first-timer and three in front of Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele.

    Matsuyama had turned around his Masters starting on the 11th hole Saturday following a weather delay, when he played the last eight holes in 6-under to shoot 65 and take a large lead after 54 holes. As he walked toward the 11th green Sunday, his advantage was briefly up to six shots.
    But that margin dwindled. Matsuyama still led Schauffele, a 27-year-old Californian, by four playing the par-5 15th hole. An eagle on the hole Saturday had been pivotal in Matsuyama’s charge up the leader board, but the result was much different Sunday. Matsuyama’s 4-iron from 227 yards flew the green and bounded into the pond on the 16th hole. His ensuing bogey combined, with Schauffele’s birdie, cut the lead to two.

    The Masters - Final Leaderboard
    1-Hideki Matsuyama -10
    2-Will Zalatoris -9
    T3-Jordan Spieth -7
    T3-Xander Schauffele -7
    T5-Jon Rahm -6
    T5-Marc Leishman -6