Professional golfer Hideki Matsuyama clinched the coveted green jacket of the Master's Tournament in Georgia on Sunday, becoming the first Japanese citizen to secure the championship.
The 29-year-old shot one-over 73 in the last round of the tournament for a 10-under par total to become the new champion. He competed against 87 other players for a purse of $11.5 million.
"I'm really happy," Matsuyama said. "Hopefully, I'll be a pioneer with this win and many other Japanese will follow. I'm glad to be able to open the floodgates hopefully, and many more will follow me. It is thrilling so many youngsters in Japan are watching. Hopefully, in five years, they will be competing on a world stage."