Hideki Matsuyama’s celebration after his victory of the historic Masters last month Perhaps unlike anyone else who deserved the iconic green jacket.
Matsuyama went home and read. He read more about himself than he ever did in his life “by far”.
“I was probably able to read all the news articles, all the newspapers, all the magazines and the television,” Matsuyama said on Tuesday, via Golf.com. “And seeing how the Masters victory was portrayed in Japan was awesome, really unforgettable.”
It wasn’t necessarily what the six-time Tour winner wanted to do the most.
“[It was] a little embarrassing, ”he said, via Golf.com. “I’m not used to all this attention, but I’m thankful people noticed.”
But Matsuyama, who became the first Japanese to win a major championship with his victory at Augusta National, he didn’t have much else to do. After returning to Japan, he was forced to quarantine himself for two weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While waiting for it to end, Matsuyama said he hasn’t seen his last trick again, but caught the highlights.
“I got nervous again, just like I was playing,” he said, via ESPN. “It was sometimes hard to watch because I was so nervous and all of those nervous memories were brought back.”
Warm-up for the PGA Championship
Upon his return to Japan, the 29-year-old didn’t play much golf.
And that makes sense. He was busy celebrating with his family and even with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
So when he heads off to AT&T Byron Nelson this week outside of Dallas, Matsuyama doesn’t have very high expectations. His main goal, he said, is simply to get back on track before next week’s PGA Championship in South Carolina.
“After winning a tournament and making a few adjustments and you keep going, but this time going back to Japan and really not taking a lot of club there, I haven’t been able to train much at all,” at -he declares via ESPN. “And then coming back here, really one of my goals now is just to try and get my game back and prepare for the PGA Championship next week.”
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