Hideki Matsuyama’s historic win in the 2021 Masters Tournament was also a triumph for his entire homeland. The game in Japan is revered by huge segments of the population, and the Masters is admired there more than any other golf tournament on the planet. As a result, the victory will be wildly celebrated and the 29-year-old who made it happen will be feted as few athletes ever have in that country. That was evident as the Masters concluded Sunday evening in Augusta, and Japan was watching as the week began Monday morning, 13 hours ahead of Augusta’s Eastern Daylight Time….
There are currently 15 players within four shots of Jordan Spieth’s lead after Round 1 at the Masters. (Getty Images) Jordan Spieth has held at least a share of the lead at Augusta National in nine of his 17 career starts. He is tied with Tiger Woods for the most leads or co-leads at the Masters Tournament since 1992. Spieth leads by two heading into Friday’s second round. The 24-year-old is the only player in the top 10 with a Green Jacket already. Rory McIlroy is just T4 and three back after Thursday in search of the career Grand Slam….
THE TAKEAWAY Sergio gets it done, a playoff for the ages & Kuch’s ace Resurgent World Golf Championships winners Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson – both multiple Masters titleholders – join FedExCup leader Justin Thomas as the spotlight shines on Augusta National even hotter than most years. The gathering of elite names arriving off recent victories also includes Rory McIlroy, Paul Casey, Jason Day and Jon Rahm. Nor does that factor in world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, defending champion Sergio Garcia and a wild card with four green jackets – Tiger Woods. FIELD NOTES: The expected roster stands at 86…
PGA TOUR players give their insider perspectives on each hole at Augusta National for the Masters. (Harry How/Getty Images) Augusta National Golf Club is familiar territory to golf fans, many of whom eagerly watch the year’s first major championship on television. A two-dimensional screen cannot accurately display the holes’ extreme elevation changes or the subtle slopes on the course’s famed putting surfaces. That’s why PGATOUR.COM asked the world’s best players to describe how they play Augusta National’s historic holes. We hope their insight will give you a deeper appreciation for this hallowed ground. THE MASTERS: Complete coverage | Players’ hole-by-hole descriptions |