What is Matsuyama's prize money after his 2021 Masters win?
Japan has its first men's major champion thanks to Hideki Matsuyama, who reigned supreme on a tense Sunday at Augusta.
Matsuyama was on the cusp of history heading into Sunday's final round, the 29-year-old carrying a four-stroke lead as he looked to replicate the major success of countrywomen Hinako Shibuno (2019 Women's British Open) and Chako Higuchi (1977 LPGA Championship) on the men's circuit.
BREAKING: Hideki Matsuyama claims one-shot victory at #TheMasters to become first Japanese player to win a men's major 🇯🇵— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) April 11, 2021
Matsuyama holds his nerve
A five-time PGA Tour winner before this success, Matsuyama withstood a wobble and the threat posed by Xander Schauffele (72) to complete a history-making performance in Georgia, where he triumphed at 10 under par overall following a 73 to get his hands on the green jacket.
Will Zalatoris (70) earned outright second position, two strokes ahead of former world number one and 2015 Masters winner Jordan Spieth (70) and 2019 runner-up Schauffele.
Matsuyama – four strokes clear at the start of the day – had extended his lead to five at the turn, but his title bid threatened to turn sour as Schauffele closed in and Zalatoris loomed.
After finding water at the par-five 15th hole, Matsuyama took the penalty and cleaned up for bogey as Schauffele continued to heap pressure on the Japanese hopeful, cutting the lead to two shots with his fourth consecutive birdie.
But Schauffele's pursuit of a maiden major collapsed when the American – seven back at the 12th tee before rallying – also found water before sending his next shot into the crowd.
Matsuyama had a routine par to move three shots clear with two to play, but he dropped another shot, his lead down to two ahead of Zalatoris as an ill-timed triple-bogey sent 2019 runner-up Schauffele down to equal third alongside Spieth – four shots behind.
It was Schauffele's first triple-bogey in a major championship – a run of 1,042 holes.
That was the breathing space Matsuyama needed as Japan's new poster boy held his nerve, doing what he needed to do during the final two holes in front of an appreciative crowd on the 18th, where not even a bogey could wipe away the champion's smile.
2021 Masters prize money
Along with the acclaim, notoriety and profile boost for Matsuyama, the 29-year-old Japanese golfer also pocketed a cool $2,070,000 in prize money for his win at Augusta. The victory will also boost his cache in new sponsorship proposals with the Masters win certainly to be instrumental in his marketing team being able to secure higher rates for future promotional deals.
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