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The Masters

In the end it was neither Supermex (Justin Thomas or Jordan Spieth) nor Shepherds Pie (Justin Rose ) for the Masters winner dinner but Sushi and Wagyu beef as Hideki Matsuyama became the first Japanese golfer to wear the green jacket.

He did so by one stroke from Will Zalatoris but, having set up his victory on Saturday with six birdies and an eagle, he merely had to defend his lead on the final round which meant not taking risks.

Xavier Schauffele, for example, got very close but then hit the water.

Will Zalatoris – in his first Masters – was no respecter of the course smiling his way round to be runner up.

I’m sure  we will be hearing more from him.

The real winner was the course.

As ever it looked magnificent  in full bloom inviting obvious headline reference to Justin Rose.

With the likes of Bryson DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson’s mammoth driving largely ineffectual and another slugger Rory McIlroy not making the cut, it provided a stern test of accurate placement to the green and putting.

At 29 Matsuyama had looked like being a member of that distinguished list of non-Major winning golfers but now he is the hero of Japan and can compete at Augusta for the rest of his days.

Having backed Minella Times for the Grand National it was a good weekend for me as my each-way picks – Correy Connors, Xavier Schauffele and Cameron Smith – all finished in the top ten.

About John Pargiter

John Pargiter’s biggest claim to fame is his first-ever work experience job, as ‘legs’ (or runner) for Henry Longhurst. For many years he worked in insurance at Lloyds. After retiring he has returned to his favourite sport of golf and is a keen recreational sailor and grandparent. More Posts