To win The Masters and don the famous green jacket, all you have to do is be one stroke better than everyone else.
And that’s precisely what Hideki Matsuyama did Sunday. No more, no less.
Matsuyama finished 10-under par, one stroke ahead of runner-up Will Zalatoris, and in so doing, became the first Japanese golfer to win the event at Augusta National Golf Club.
How did Matsuyama feel after his history-making performance?
“I’m really happy,” he said on CBS at the start of the green jacket ceremony inside Butler Cabin after the final round.
That about sums it up, doesn’t it?
“Hopefully, I’ll be a pioneer in this and many other Japanese will follow,” he also said through an interpreter during the CBS coverage. “I’m proud to be able to open the floodgates, finally, and many others will follow me.”
Runner-up Zalatoris became an internet sensation over the weekend after a few noticed how much he looks like Happy Gilmore’s caddy.
Bryson DeChambeau was supposed to tear up Augusta, but he finished five-over and was left wondering if he’ll ever find a way to beat the course.
“The wind makes it diabolical. It’s flying around through these trees and bouncing off the trees and making it feel into the mind when it should be downwind and vice versa,” said DeChambeau. “I’m willing to stand up to and try to face the challenge and try and conquer it. It’s an interesting challenge for me, and I love it.”
He’ll have to wait until next year.
But for Matsuyama, the wait is over.