Scott knows exactly how Matsuyama’s life will change
Adam Scott knows exactly what it’s like to suddenly become the first ever Masters champion of a country who enjoys their golf so much.
In 2013 the Queenslander brought to an end the decades-long torment every Aussie golf fan went through Monday morning as the likes of Greg Norman went so close to winning a green jacket.
Hideki Matsuyama (Credit: PGA Tour)
Scott, who finished in last place of those that made the weekend cut, was asked about how Matsuyama’s life will change after becoming the first male Japanese player to secure a Masters victory.
“He’s a bit like a Tiger Woods to the rest of the world, Hideki in Japan,” said Scott of Matsuyama’s status in golf-crazy Japan.
“The crowds in Japan are fanatical is the best way I can describe them. It makes for an incredibly fun energy to play golf in front of. They love the game, and they love the superstars going over there.”
“I remember I took the green jacket over there in 2013 when I won, and it was an incredible response I got, so I can only imagine what Hideki will experience.”
Matsuyama, like many before him, had already established himself as a hero in Japan long before making his way to the US.
In his first year as a pro, Matsuyama won four titles on the lucrative Japan Golf Tour and has a total of eight wins there to go along with his six on the PGA Tour and a total of US$33.3million in prizemoney.
Another person who is revered everywhere in the world and especially in Japan is Tiger Woods and the 15-time major champion took time out from his recuperation to congratulate Matsuyama on his win.
“Making Japan proud Hideki. Congratulations on such a huge accomplishment for you and your country. This historical @TheMasters win will impact the entire golf world,” tweeted Woods.
We can only imagine the scenes if Woods and Matsuyama ever get to play again side by side at the ZOZO Championship in Japan. Woods came out on top last time they played together in 2019 but something tells me Matsuyama might have something to say about that next time they meet.