Prime minister, Jumbo Ozaki, Isao Aoki reward Hideki Matsuyama’s Masters win
TOKYO – Led by Japan’s prime minister, the nation celebrated Hideki Matsuyama’s victory within the Masters – the primary Japanese participant to win at Augusta Nationwide and placed on the well-known inexperienced jacket.
“It was actually fantastic,” Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga stated together with his nation struggling to tug off the postponed Tokyo Olympics in simply over three months. “Because the coronavirus drags on, his achievement moved our hearts and gave us braveness.”
Masashi “Jumbo” Ozaki, who tied for eighth within the Masters in 1973, stated he hoped extra Japanese male golfers could be impressed by Matsuyama.
“It is a nice achievement for the Japanese golf world,” he stated in feedback on Japanese media. “And it happened due to Mr. Matsuyama’s personal means to take up challenges, his braveness and all the hassle that went into that.”
BY Golf Channel Digital
— April 12, 2021 at 11:07 AM
Hideki Matsuyama had his inexperienced jacket in hand as he walked by way of the Atlanta airport on Monday morning.
Isao Aoki completed second to Jack Nicklaus within the 1980 U.S. Open, the earlier greatest end by a Japanese male golfer in a significant.
Two Japanese ladies have received golf majors: Chako Higuchi on the 1977 LPGA Championship and Hinako Shibuno on the 2019 Ladies’s British Open.
Aoki recalled how Matsuyama received the low beginner title within the 2011 Masters simply weeks after the earthquake, tsunami and the meltdown of three nuclear reactors devastated the northeastern Fukushima space of Japan.
About 18,000 individuals died within the catastrophe and the realm remains to be struggling to get well.
“This time, your Masters win got here at a time when many individuals have been feeling down, with many actions restricted in Japan amid a coronavirus pandemic, and also you gave hope to so many individuals,” Aoki stated in feedback carried on-line in Japanese in Golf Digest.
BY Rex Hoggard
— April 11, 2021 at 9:43 PM
Hideki Matsuyama’s Masters win might be hailed in his dwelling nation, however the influence may very well be higher than we are able to think about.
Aoki added: “This win, which was the primary for a Japanese in addition to an Asian, was a second we have been all ready for, not simply myself however all of the Japanese golf followers and people concerned within the golf world.”
Nicklaus was as equally effusive on social media.
“I’ve been blessed to spend so much of time in Japan and I do know they love the sport of golf,” Nicklaus stated. “They’re additionally very proud individuals they usually’re even prouder in the present day!
“I competed towards the nice Isao Aoki, and know the way revered he was and is. Hideki will even now without end be a hero to his nation. The day and second belongs to Hideki Matsuyama . . . this can be a nice day for him, for Japan, and for the worldwide sport of golf!”
The U.S. Embassy in Japan despatched its congratulations to Matsuyama as “the primary Japanese golfer to win the Masters.”
Exterior busy Shimbashi prepare station in central Tokyo, retired employee Takashi Atsumi known as it a “super consequence.”
“For him, I feel it was a objective that was onerous to achieve regardless of his super efforts over the previous 10 years,” Atsumi stated. “I feel it’s completely implausible that he was capable of obtain the objective in the present day. I feel he set an important milestone for the following era of Japanese individuals.”