–10 H Matsuyama (Jpn); –9 W Zalatoris (US); –7 J Spieth (US), X Schauffele (US); –6 J Rahm (Spa), M Leishman (Aus); –5 J Rose (Eng)
Selected others: -4 P Reed (US); –3 T Finau (US); –1 T Hatton (Eng); Evs P Mickelson (US), J Thomas (US); +4 B Wiesberger (Aut); +5 B DeChambeau (US), T Fleetwood (Eng)
Matsuyama looked like he was going to win at a canter going into the last five holes before his game collapsed to some extent. For the majority of the final round, he held a comfortable four-shot lead, and even extended it, before his woes began.
Matsuyama bogeyed the 15th after a wayward tee-shot, which dragged him back to only two ahead of his playing partner, Xander Schauffele, who birdied the same hole. The 16th led to another bogey for Matsuyama, which wasn’t punished by Schauffele who triple-bogeyed, ending any challenge he could have made for the win.
A further bogey on the 18th was enough to secure Matsuyama his first major title, with Will Zalatoris finishing a shot behind. Jordan Spieth ended his tournament with a two-under 70, but was never close enough to really challenge Matsuyama.
Matsuyama’s excitement was clear during the presentation ceremony.
“I am really happy. My nerves really didn’t start on the back nine, it was right from the start and right until the very last putt,” said Matsuyama.
He can finally relax knowing that the first major is won. All before he is back here again next year to tackle the beautiful Augusta National, and retain the title that he had waited a decade for.