Anything can happen at Augusta National, but Hideki Matsuyama held his own.
The 29-year-old earned the 2021 Masters after shooting a 73 in the final round to finish the tournament 10 under par. He entered the tournament with a World No. 25 ranking.
Matsuyama entered Sunday with a four-shot lead (the first Japanese player to accomplish that) and also became the first male golfer from Japan to win a major tournament.
However, the victory didn’t come easily with Will Zalatoris, Xander Schauffele and Jordan Spieth breathing down his neck.
Matsuyama had four birdies on the day, three of which came on the first nine holes. After the turn, four bogeys (he finished the round with five) threatened his chances.
But once Schauffele triple-bogeyed the third hole, it was only Matsuyama’s tournament to lose.
That’s not how it played out though, as Matsuyama gets the green jacket.