Watch: Thousands of Japanese Fans Give a Thunderous Applause to Hideki Matsuyama at Zozo Championship

Published 10/24/2021, 3:05 PM EDT
Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 11, 2021 Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama celebrates with his green jacket after winning The Masters REUTERS/Brian Snyder TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


Hideki Matsuyama stormed to a spectacular victory on his home soil at the 2021 Zozo Championship for his seventh PGA tour title. With a marvellous 5 stroke margin, he beat Cameron Tringale in a superb performance in the final round.

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The Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, Japan, witnessed the 29-year-old in his prime. Earlier this year, he had won the Masters tournament, his first major win. He bagged the $1,791,000 winner’s payout along with 500 FedEx Cup points and 40 OWGR ranking points. Moreover, he also won a two-plus PGA tour season exemption in addition to 2022 Masters and PGA Championship berths.

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Hideki Matsuyama drains an eagle to finish in style

Matsuyama entered the last day with a single stroke lead. Soon, however, he was trailing behind the eventual runner-up Tringale. Nevertheless, in a stunning finish, he set up a beautiful ending to snag the trophy. With a 10 foot eagle on the par-5 18th hole, he finished with a total score of 265.

The crowd resonated the feelings of the ecstatic Japanese and cheered as he sunk his winning putt. They could probably hear the sound around the entire course, as Matsuyama finally gave the crowd what they had longed to see.

As the runner-up in the 2019 inaugural edition, he had narrowly missed out on a win in front of his home crowd. Similarly, at the Tokyo Olympics, he finished T-4 to miss out on a medal. This win finally gave him the chance to showcase his skills and compensated for these narrow misses. No doubt, this win means a lot to him as well as the crowd.

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“It is just great to be able to play in front of so many fans here in Japan and to be able to play well. I’m thrilled,” said Matsuyama. He also added, “It was one of my biggest goals to win in front of the Japanese fans here in this country. So happy that I was able to accomplish that. Also, in 2019, Tiger won the Masters and went on to win the Zozo Championship, so I’m glad that I was able to emulate that.”

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a Golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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