TOKYO — Led by Japan’s prime minister, the nation celebrated golfer Hideki Matsuyama‘s victory within the Masters — the primary Japanese participant to win at Augusta Nationwide and pull on the well-known inexperienced jacket.
“It was actually great,” Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga mentioned 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, mentioned he hoped extra Japanese male golfers can be impressed by Matsuyama.
“This can be a nice achievement for the Japanese golf world,” he mentioned in feedback on Japanese media. “And it happened due to Mr. Matsuyama’s personal potential to take up challenges, his braveness and all the hassle that went into that.”
Two Japanese girls have received golf majors: Chako Higuchi on the 1977 LPGA Championship and Hinako Shibuno on the 2019 Girls’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 continues to be struggling to get well.
“This time, your Masters win got here at a time when many individuals had been feeling down, with many actions restricted in Japan amid a coronavirus pandemic, and also you gave hope to so many individuals,” Aoki mentioned in feedback carried on-line in Japanese in Golf Digest.
Aoki added: “This win, which was the primary for a Japanese in addition to an Asian, was a second we had 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 have been blessed to spend so much of time in Japan and I do know they love the sport of golf,” Nicklaus mentioned. “They’re additionally very proud individuals and so they’re even prouder right now!
“I competed in opposition to the good Isao Aoki, and know the way revered he was and is. Hideki may also now ceaselessly 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 recreation 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 practice station in central Tokyo, retired employee Takashi Atsumi referred to as it a “great outcome.”
“For him, I feel it was a objective that was arduous to achieve regardless of his great efforts over the previous 10 years,” Atsumi mentioned. “I feel it is completely improbable that he was in a position to obtain the objective right now. I feel he set an awesome milestone for the subsequent era of Japanese individuals.”