Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama stands on the brink of history at the 2021 Masters in Augusta. Starting the final day of the tournament at 11-under, he’s miles ahead of the chasing pack of Justin Rose, Will Zalatoris, Xander Schauffele and Marc Leishman tied at seven-under.
Should he go on to win, he will become the first Japanese man to win a major title. Two Japanese women have won major titles before, but such heady victories are few and far between.
But Matsuyama can take some inspiration from Japan’s most recent victory at this very golf course. Just last week, 17-year old countrywoman Tsubasa Kajitani won the Augusta National Women’s Amateur
The other wins have been years apart with Hinako Shibuno winning at the 2019 Women’s British Open and Chako Higuchi many moons ago at the 1977 LPGA Championship.
But while big wins might be novel, Matsuyama is not unfamiliar with Augusta. In his last ten Masters rounds, he’s played in par or better and back in 2011, he was the Masters Low Amateur, the first Japanese golfer to earn that distinction.
Biggest comebacks at The Masters
Augusta has seen some spectacular comebacks over the years with Jack Burke Jr being the biggest of those, overturning an eight shot deficit to take the green jacket. That was all the way back in 1956. Players have also come from six and seven shots behind over the 85 years.
In 2011, South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel held his nerve on a thrilling final day. He capitalised on a Rory McIlroy meltdown, coming from four strokes down to win the tournament – but only after a dramatic day where the lead went on a merry-go-round – much of that on the final back nine.
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