TOKYO (AP) – Japan, led by the Prime Minister of Japan, celebrated the victory of golfer Hideki Matsuyama at the Masters, the first Japanese player to win the famous green jacket at Augusta National.
“It was wonderful,” said Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, referring to his country, which has struggled to postpone the Tokyo Olympics for more than three months. “When the coronavirus is pulled, its achievement touched our hearts and gave us courage.”
Masashi “Jumbo” Ozaki, who finished eighth at the Masters in 1973, said he hoped more Japanese male golfers would be inspired by Matsuyama.
“This is a great achievement for the Japanese golf world,” he told Japanese media. “And it happened because of Mr. Matsuyama’s own ability to take on challenges, his courage, all his efforts.”
Isao Aoki finished second to Open Niklaus in 1980. In the US Open, which was the previous best result of the Japanese male golfer.
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Aokin recalled how Matsuyama won the low amateur title in 2011.
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“This time the victory of your masters came at a time when many people were feeling bad, many activities were limited in Aponia against the backdrop of the coronavirus epidemic. ,
Aokin added. “This victory, which was the first for the Japanese-Asians, was a moment we were all looking forward to, not just me, but all the Japanese golf fans involved in the golf world.”
Niklaus was just as effective on social media.
“I am blessed to have spent so much time in Japan, I know they love golf,” said Nicklaus. “They are also very proud people, they are even more proud today.
“I was competing against the great Isao Aoki, I know how respected he was. Hidek will also become an eternal hero for his country. The day and the moment belong to Hidek Matsuyama. “This is a great day for him, Japan’s Apollonia ապ World Golf Game.”
The US Embassy in Japan has congratulated Matsuyama as the first Japanese golfer to win the Masters.
Outside Shimbash Railway Station in central Tokyo, retired Takashi Atsum called it a “huge result.”
“For him, I think it was a goal that was difficult to achieve, despite his enormous efforts over the last 10 years,” Atsumi said. “I think it is absolutely fantastic that he was able to achieve the goal today. I think it was a great event for the next generation of Japanese. ”
AP writer Marie Yamaguchi contributed to this story.
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