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Hideki Matsuyama won the 2021 Masters with a one-stroke victory over Will Zalatoris at Augusta National; Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga Recognizes Golfer’s Achievement; 29-year-old could have the honor of lighting the Olympic cauldron at the Tokyo Games this summer

Last updated: 04/30/21 8:08 am

Hideki Matsuyama celebrates after winning Masters

Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama received the Prime Minister’s Award on Friday after becoming the first person from his country to win the prestigious Masters golf tournament.

Matsuyama made his way into the hearts of Japanese golf enthusiasts with a one-stroke victory over Will Zalatoris at Augusta National in Georgia earlier this month.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Matsuyama’s victory was a beacon of hope for people in northeastern Japan affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami on the 10th anniversary of the disaster.

“We want to thank you for bringing courage and hope to the disaster areas,” Suga said, quoted by Kyodo News Agency.

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Relive the moment Hideki Matsuyama finished his Masters victory, with Japanese television commentators reduced to tears by the historic success.

Relive the moment Hideki Matsuyama finished his Masters victory, with Japanese television commentators reduced to tears by the historic success.

Hideki Matsuyama: Masters champion receives Japanese Prime Minister’s award |  Golf news

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Matsuyama’s victory prompted him to be given the honor of lighting the Olympic Games cauldron during the opening ceremony. The 29-year-old said his goal is to secure a medal for Japan.

“I’m going to work hard to win a gold medal in Tokyo this summer,” Matsuyama said.

The Games, which have been postponed for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will run from July 23 to August 8.

Hideki Matsuyama: Masters champion receives Japanese Prime Minister’s award |  Golf news

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