Hideki Matsuyama made history for himself and Japan on Sunday, becoming the first Japanese golfer to win the Masters Tournament. He finished with a score of 10 under par.
Moreover, Matsuyama bested his previous best finish at Augusta National Golf Club (tied for fifth in 2015), won his first major and secured his first PGA Tour event victory since the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in August 2017.
Behind Matsuyama were Masters rookie Will Zalatoris in second place (9 under); Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele, tied for third (7 under); John Rahm and Marc Leishman, tied for fifth (6 under); and 36-hole leader Justin Rose in seventh place (5 under).
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Matsuyama looked as if he would run away with the Masters after shooting 2 under on the front nine, including three birdies, to swell his lead to six strokes. But three bogeys, including consecutive ones on the 15th and 16th, made the final margin of victory considerably closer. Schauffele — who was paired with Matsuyama — birdied 12 through 15 to get to two strokes in back of the leader.
Unfortunately for Schauffele, a brutal triple bogey on 16 removed any chance of him seriously challenging Matsuyama for the Masters win. Still, Matsuyama’s miscues allowed Zalatoris, who had already finished his tournament, to stay in contention: He even stayed on the range in case Matsuyama somehow finished with an epic meltdown to send the tournament to a playoff.
Matsuyama’s approach on 18 landed in the bunker, leaving a small glimmer of hope for the Masters rookie. But Matsuyama remained even-keeled, bailed himself out and two-putted for bogey to finish with his first Masters Tournament victory, 10 years after being the low amateur at Augusta.
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7:04 p.m.: And a two-putt bogey seals it: At 10 under for the tournament, Hideki Matsuyama is Japan’s first ever Masters champion!
7:02 p.m.: Schauffele gets a decent look at a birdie, but two-putts for a par. That puts him at even for the round and 7 under for the tournament, tied for third with Spieth.
7:01 p.m.: Matsuyama’s out and is looking at a two-putt bogey to win this thing.
6:58 p.m.: Matsuyama’s not making it easy on himself. He hits the right green-side bunker and needs an up and down to salvage par.
6:54 p.m.: Zalatoris is still staying loose on the practice grounds just in case Matsuyama suffers a monumental meltdown. Zalatoris (9 under) has a two-stroke deficit.
6:53 p.m.: Schauffele’s drive is excellent as well. Would not be surprised to see him birdie here.
6:52 p.m.: And he smokes it dead center of the fairway.
6:51 p.m.: On to the 18th hole for Matsuyama, who has scored a par here each of the last three rounds.
6:49 p.m.: Matsuyama’s a little tentative on the green and goes for the two-putt par. Schauffele pars as well, meaning Matsuyama would need to double-bogey and Schauffele to shoot an eagle just to send this to a playoff.
6:47 p.m: Zalatoris finishes at 9 under for the tournament. That’s probably good for second with only Matsuyama (11 under) and Schauffele (7 under) left on the course.
6:45 p.m.: Rose, meanwhile, gets a lag-putt birdie to finish 5 under for the tournament. Good way to finish the tournament for the two-round leader.
6:33 p.m.: Matsuyama bogeys for the second straight hole on 16, but Schauffele suffers a brutal triple bogey on the same hole — his first ever in a major. That’s good for a four-stroke lead for the former, and that seems insurmountable with just two holes left.
6:31 p.m.: Spieth finishes his day with a bogey on 18 to finish 7 under for the tournament. That’s good for fourth place.
6:29 p.m.: More bad news for Schauffele. His second drive bounces into the crowd. That might do it.
6:26 p.m.: Oh, wow. Schauffele’s drive on the par-3 16th goes into the left-side water hazard. Huge for Matsuyama, who takes no chances and drops the ball on the far side of the green.
6:22 p.m.: And Schauffele gets his fourth birdie in a row at 15 to pull within two of Matsuyama. With three holes left, it appears one of them two will win this.
6:22 p.m.: Matsuyama had the line but he’ll have about a foot for bogey … and he makes it. Could have been a lot worse. He’s back to 12 under.
6:18 p.m.: Matsuyama taking his fourth shot from the water where he dropped it in. He’s not quite on the green but has an outside chance at salvaging par.
6:17 pm.: And Schauffele is at 9 under as well. This could end up being pretty close.
6:12 p.m.: Uh-oh. Matsuyama’s approach on 15 has too much on it. It lands past the green and bounces into the water.
6 p.m.: That’s a par for Matsuyama on 14. Here comes the par-5 15th, which could have a significant impact on how this tournament plays out.
5:47 p.m.: And there’s another Matsuyama birdie to regain the shot he lost on 12. He now has a five-stroke lead over Schauffele (8 under) with just five holes left to play.
5:36 p.m.: Spieth is running out of holes, but if he can start stringing these together, he could start to catch up to Matsuyama. He’s at 7 under now.
5:34 p.m.: Matsuyama lucked out on the drive off 13; it went way left into the trees, but it bounced back out into the second cut.
5:31 p.m.: Matsuyama just misses the par attempt left on the par-3 12; That bogey drops him to 12 under, but he still has a five-stroke lead over Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele and Zalatoris (7 under).
4:48 p.m.: Matsuyama birdies on 8 and 9 to move to 13 under for the tournament and five strokes clear of Zalatoris, who bogeyed on 10. Only nine holes remaining between Matsuyama and his first ever major win.
4:21 p.m.: Second place is now solely Zalatoris’.
3:33 p.m.: Here comes Jon Rahm. …
3:10 p.m.: Matsuyama gets back on track with a birdie after bogeying his opening hole. He’s back to 11 under for the tournament and even for the round.
3:07 p.m.: Rose staying within striking distance:
2:55 p.m.: Will Zalatoris refuses to let the moment be too big for him. The Masters rookie has two birdies through two holes to move to 9 under.
1:10 p.m.: Just a bit short, but Tommy Fleetwood will be happy with a birdie on the par-3 sixth hole.
12:46 p.m.: And there’s a nice birdie putt by Adam Scott on Hole 12; he’ll need to be mindful of Hole 15 after yesterday’s debacle. …
12:09 p.m.: Tyrrell Hatton gets a nice-looking birdie on Hole 6 to get back to even for the round:
What channel is the Masters on today?
CBS will continue its live Masters coverage with Round 4 on Sunday. The network will pick up the action beginning at 2 p.m. ET. Prior to that, only Masters.com will provide free morning coverage before network coverage begins.
Paramount+, the new CBS streaming platform, will have early coverage beginning at 10:15 a.m. ET (subscription required).
You can also stream the Masters via fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial .
Here is the full breakdown of the Masters TV schedule (all times Eastern):
|Date||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|Thursday, April 8||3-7:30 p.m.||ESPN, fuboTV|
|Friday, April 9||3-7:30 p.m.||ESPN, fuboTV|
|Saturday, April 10||3-7 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Sunday, April 11||2-7 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
Masters tee times for Sunday
|Tee time (ET)||Pairing|
|10 a.m.||Jim Herman, Adam Scott|
|10:10 a.m.||Brendon Todd, Jose Maria Olazabal|
|10:20 a.m.||Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Gary Woodland|
|10:30 a.m.||Paul Casey, Billy Horschel|
|10:40 a.m.||Abraham Ancer, Michael Thompson|
|10:50 a.m.||Ian Poulter, Tyrrell Hatton|
|11 a.m.||Harris English, Bryson DeChambeau|
|11:10 a.m.||Jason Kokrak, Louis Oosthuizen|
|11:20 a.m.||Cameron Champ, Sebastian Munoz|
|11:30 a.m.||Matt Jones, Collin Morikawa|
|11:50 a.m.||Matthew Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood|
|Noon||Martin Laird, Bubba Watson|
|12:10 p.m.||Matt Wallace, Charl Schwartzel|
|12:20 p.m.||Shane Lowry, Mackenzie Hughes|
|12:30 p.m.||Scottie Scheffler, Jon Rahm|
|12:40 p.m.||Webb Simpson, Joaquin Niemann|
|12:50 p.m.||Phil Mickelson, Fransico Molinari|
|1 p.m.||Cameron Smith, Justin Thomas|
|1:20 p.m.||Viktor Hovland, Ryan Palmer|
|1:30 p.m.||Henrik Stenson, Stewart Cink|
|1:40 p.m.||Patrick Reed, Kevn Na|
|1:50 p.m.||Si Woo Kim, Bernd Wiesberger|
|2 p.m.||Tony Finau, Robert MacIntyre|
|2:10 p.m.||Jordan Spieth, Brian Harman|
|2:20 p.m.||Will Zalatoris, Corey Conners|
|2:30 p.m.||Marc Leishman, Justin Rose|
|2:40 p.m.||Hideki Matsuyama, Xander Schauffele|