Hideki Matsuyama made history for himself and Japan on Sunday, becoming the first Japanese golfer to win the Masters tournament. He finished with a score of 10 under par.
In addition, at Augusta National Golf Club (5th in 2015), Matsuyama has his best-ever result, won his first major, and scored his first PGA Tour event win since the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in August 2017.
Behind Matsuyama, Masters rookie Will Zalatoris was in second place (9 under); Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele, third (7 below); John Rahm and Marc Leishman, fifth (6 below); and 36-hole guide Justin Rose in seventh place (5 under).
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Matsuyama looked like he was going to run away with the Masters after shooting 2 in the top nine, including three birdies to increase his lead to six. But three bogies, including consecutive ones on the 15th and 16th, made the final lead of victory much closer. Schauffele – who was paired with Matsuyama – banged 12-15 to get two punches behind the leader.
Unfortunately for Schauffele, a brutal triple bogey on the 16th eliminated any chance that he would seriously challenge Matsuyama for the Masters victory. Even so, Matsuyama’s mistakes allowed Zalatoris, who had already finished his tournament, to stay in the competition: he even fell by the wayside in case Matsuyama somehow coped with an epic breakdown to send the tournament into the playoffs.
Matsuyama’s approach to 18 ended up in the bunker, leaving the Masters rookie with a glimmer of hope. But Matsuyama stayed even, saved himself and putted twice to get Bogey to celebrate his first Masters tournament victory 10 years after he was the low amateur in Augusta.
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7:04 pm: And a two-putt bogey seals it: With 10 under the tournament, Hideki Matsuyama is Japan’s first Masters champion!
7:02 pm: Schauffele gets a decent look at a birdie, but two putts for a par. That puts him in third place with Spieth even for the round and 7 for the tournament.
7:01 pm: Matsuyama is out looking at a two-putt bogey to win this thing.
6:58 pm: Matsuyama doesn’t make it easy for himself. He hits the right bunker on the green side and needs an up and down to save Par.
6:54 pm: Zalatoris still remains relaxed on the practice area, just in case Matsuyama suffers a monumental breakdown. Zalatoris (9 below) has a two-stroke deficit.
6:53 pm: Schauffele’s ride is also excellent. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him here as a birdie.
6:52 pm: And he smokes it in the middle of the fairway.
6:51 pm: On to the 18th hole for Matsuyama, who has scored a par in each of the last three rounds.
6:49 pm: Matsuyama is on the green a little tentatively and goes for the two-putt par. Schauffele pars too, which means it would take Matsuyama double bogey and Schauffele to shoot an eagle just to send that into a playoff.
6:47 pm: Zalatoris ends up at 9 under for the tournament. That is probably good for second place as only Matsuyama (11 under) and Schauffele (7 under) are still on the course.
6:45 pm: Meanwhile, Rose gets a lag putt birdie that is less than 5 for the tournament. Good way to end the tournament for the two-round leader.
6:33 pm: Matsuyama bogies for the second straight hole on the 16th, but Schauffele suffers a brutal triple bogie on the same hole – his first in a major. That’s good for a four-stroke lead for the former, and that seems insurmountable when there are only two holes left.
6:31 pm: Spieth ended his day with a bogey on the 18th and finished the tournament with 7 under. That’s good for fourth place.
6:29 pm: More bad news for Schauffele. His second ride jumps into the crowd. That could do it.
6:26 pm: Oh wow Schauffeles ride on the par-3-16 goes into the left water hazard. Huge for Matsuyama, who takes no chances and drops the ball to the other side of the green.
6:22 pm: And Schauffele, at 15, gets his fourth straight birdie to draw within two of Matsuyama. If there are three holes left, one of them appears to win two.
6:22 pm: Matsuyama was in charge, but he’ll have about a foot for bogey … and he’ll make it. Could have been a lot worse. He’s under 12 again.
6:18 pm: Matsuyama shoots his fourth shot out of the water he threw him into. He’s not quite on the green but has an outside chance of saving par.
6:17 pm: And Schauffele is also under at 9. This could get pretty tight.
6:12 pm: Oh oh. Matsuyama’s approach to 15 has too much going for it. It lands past the green and jumps into the water.
6 pm: That’s a par for Matsuyama on the 14th. Here comes the 15th par-5, which could have a significant impact on the course of this tournament.
5:47 pm: And there’s another Matsuyama birdie that recovers the shot he lost on the 12th. He now has a five-beat lead over Schauffele (8 under) and only has five holes to play.
5:36 pm: Spieth is running out of holes, but if he can start stringing them together he could start catching up with Matsuyama. He’s now under at 7.
5:34 pm: Matsuyama was lucky at Exit 13; it went far to the left into the trees, but bounced back into the second cut.
5:31 pm: Matsuyama just misses the par attempt on the par-3 12; That bogey drops him to 12 under, but he’s still five strokes ahead of Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele and Zalatoris (7 under).
4:48 pm: Matsuyama birdies on 8 and 9 to get under 13 for the tournament and five strokes ahead of Zalatoris, who bogeyte at 10. Only nine holes between Matsuyama and his first big win.
4:21 pm: The second place is now exclusively that of Zalatoris.
3:33 pm: Here comes Jon Rahm. …
3:10 pm: Matsuyama comes back on track with a birdie after cheating on his opening hole. He’s back under 11 for the tournament and even for the round.
3:07 pm: Rose stays within striking distance:
2:55 pm: Will Zalatoris refuses to let the moment be too big for him. The Masters rookie has two birdies through two holes to get under 9.
1:10 p.m .: Just a little short, but Tommy Fleetwood will be happy with a birdie on the par 3 6th hole.
12:46 pm: And Adam Scott has a nice birdie putt on the 12th hole; After yesterday’s debacle, he has to watch out for hole 15. …
12:09 pm: Tyrrell Hatton gets a good looking birdie on hole 6, which he can return to for the round:
Which channel are the Masters on today?
CBS will continue its Live Masters coverage with Round 4 on Sunday. The network will pick up the action starting at 2 p.m. ET. Before that, Masters.com only offers free morning coverage before network coverage begins.
Paramount +, the new CBS streaming platform, will be available for early subscription from 10.15 a.m. CET (subscription required).
You can also stream the Masters via fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.
Here is the full breakdown of Masters TV programming (all times East):
|date||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|Thursday April 8th||3 pm-7:30pm||ESPN, fuboTV|
|Friday April 9th||3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.||ESPN, fuboTV|
|Saturday April 10th||3 p.m. – 7 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Sunday April 11th||2-7 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
Masters start times for Sunday
|Start time (ET)||pairing|
|10 am||Jim Herman, Adam Scott|
|10:10 a.m.||Brendon Todd, Jose Maria Olazabal|
|10:20 a.m.||Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Gary Woodland|
|10:30 am||Paul Casey, Billy Horschel|
|10:40 a.m.||Abraham Ancer, Michael Thompson|
|10:50 a.m.||Ian Poulter, Tyrrell Hatton|
|11 clock||Harris English, Bryson DeChambeau|
|11:10 a.m.||Jason Kokrak, Louis Oosthuizen|
|11:20 a.m.||Cameron Champ, Sebastian Munoz|
|11:30 a.m.||Matt Jones, Collin Morikawa|
|11:50 a.m.||Matthew Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood|
|Noon||Martin Laird, Bubba Watson|
|12:10 p.m.||Matt Wallace, Charl Schwartzel|
|12:20 p.m.||Shane Lowry, Mackenzie Hughes|
|12:30 pm||Scottie Scheffler, Jon Rahm|
|12:40 p.m.||Webb Simpson, Joaquin Niemann|
|12:50 p.m.||Phil Mickelson, Fransico Molinari|
|13 o’clock||Cameron Smith, Justin Thomas|
|1:20 p.m.||Viktor Hovland, Ryan Palmer|
|1:30 p.m.||Henrik Stenson, Stewart Cink|
|1:40 p.m.||Patrick Reed, Kevn Na|
|1:50 p.m.||Si Woo Kim, Bernd Wiesberger|
|14 o’clock||Tony Finau, Robert MacIntyre|
|2:10 p.m.||Jordan Spieth, Brian Harman|
|2:20 pm||Will Zalatoris, Corey Conners|
|2.30||Marc Leishman, Justin Rose|
|2:40 pm||Hideki Matsuyama, Xander Schauffele|