Tiger Woods paid tribute to Hideki Matsuyama after he won the Augusta Masters and he hoped that this victory would inspire golfers in Matsuyama’s homeland of Japan. Matsuyama struggled at the start of his final round and limped over the line on the closing holes to finish one shot ahead of Will Zalatoris. Coincidentally, he finished as the leading amateur at Augusta a decade ago.
“Making Japan proud Hideki,” Woods posted on his Twitter account. “Congratulations on such a huge accomplishment for you and your country. This historical Masters win will impact the entire golf world.”
Matsuyama received the Green Jacket from 2020 Champion Dustin Johnson who failed to make the cut this year. Jack Nicklaus, an 18-time major winner also paid tribute.
“I want to send my heartfelt congratulations to Hideki Matsuyama for his Masters Tournament victory, and for being the first Japanese male golfer to win a major championship. I’m not only very happy and pleased for Hideki, but also the whole golfing world of Japan.” Nicklaus posted on Twitter. “I’ve been blessed to spend a lot of time in Japan & I know they love the game of golf. They’re also very proud people and they’re even prouder today! I competed against the great Isao Aoki, and know-how revered he was and is. Hideki will also now forever be a hero to his country.”