Hideki Matsuyama Spotted Carrying His Masters Green Jacket Like Its a Cheap Sweater

Published 04/12/2021, 3:00 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


The whole watched and celebrated as Hideki Matsuyama completed a historic victory at the 2021 Masters. Matsuyama beamed in pride as he wore the green jacket at Augusta, but he hasn’t been treating it kindly ever since leaving the historic Augusta National Golf Club.

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Hideki Matsuyama has now marked his impact on the PGA Tour and he’s turned into a national hero in Japan. Matsuyama is the first Japanese player to win a men’s major and it an achievement he’d hold close to his heart. 

Hideki Matsuyama was spotted at the airport providing little care to the green jacket

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Hideki Matsuyama will be remembering the 2021 Masters for a long time to come. He earned his first green jacket at the Masters, but it is unknown if Augusta National provides a garment bag to place the jacket when not in use. 

This thought arose in a lot of fans’ minds as Hideki Matsuyama was spotted at the Atlanta International Airport earlier in the morning. What was peculiar about seeing him? Well, Matsuyama had the prestigious Masters green jacket folded on his arms like it was no big deal. 

It was an astonishing sight as the champions are expected to treat the green jacket with utmost care. The jacket holds so much reverence, but it seems as if Matsuyama did not receive any garment bag from the Augusta National to preserve the green jacket. 

Furthermore, Matsuyama was spotted at the Atlanta International Airport early in the morning on Monday. He was reported to be flying to Tokoyo immediately after winning the 2021 Masters. 

However, there’s not too much buzz about Hideki Matsuyama flying back to Japan right after winning the Masters. But fans are going bonkers that he’s treating the green jacket like it’s a cheap sweater! 

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Matsuyama wants Japan’s next generation to follow in his footsteps

Hideki Matsuyama will return to his hometown as a proud man. After becoming just the second Asian to clinch a major, Matsuyama wants to expand the number of Japanese golfers who join the PGA Tour. 

Matsuyama’s 2021 Masters victory will certainly contribute to the cause and he voiced out about the same too. 

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“It’s thrilling to think that there are a lot of youngsters in Japan watching today. Hopefully, in five, ten years, when they get a little older, hopefully some of them will be competing on the world stage,” Matsuyama mentioned in his celebratory press conference. 

Matsuyama’s victory will create a positive impact on the golfing community in Japan. There’s no doubt about it as Tiger Woods sent out a similar message to the 2021 Masters champion as well! 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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