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 2021Matsuyama’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.
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