2021 Masters: Hideki Matsuyama wins, makes golf history at Augusta

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2021 Masters: Hideki Matsuyama wins, makes golf history at Augusta originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

Hideki Matsuyama slipped his arms into his new green jacket, having just made history.

The 29 year old became the first male Japanese golfer to win The Masters, or any major tournament, for that matter. He is the second Asian golfer to conquer a major -- following South Korean Y.E. Yang, who won the PGA Championship in 2009.

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Matsuyama, after facing challenges on and off the tee in the final round, converted a 54-hole lead into his first green-jacket win. He posted a score of one-over 73 during the final round and finished 10-under 278 for the tournament, with Will Zalatoris a shot behind him at nine-under.

Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele finished tied for third at seven-under, with Schauffele hitting his tee shot on the par-3 16th into the water for a triple bogey that took him out of contention. Jon Rahm shot a Sunday-best 66 to finish in tied for fifth with Marc Leishman at six-under.  

After such a historical win for Matsuyama and Japan, Tiger Woods -- who missed the Masters after a car crash on Feb. 23 left him seriously injured -- congratulated the new champion.

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With the 85th Masters now in the books, see you in May at the PGA Championship for the second Major of the year.

What does the Masters Champion win?

What makes the Masters Tournament even more special are the fantastic perks the Masters Champion will get after achieving the goal of a lifetime: winning at Augusta National.

The 2021 Masters Champion will receive a custom-fit green jacket that Dustin Johnson, the 2020 Masters Champion, will drape on his shoulders after the final round. 

Along with the green jacket, worn only by the past champions and members of the Augusta National, the winner will get a gold coin, a replica winner’s trophy and a purse of $2.07 million. 

But that’s not all. 

The Masters Champion will also have the chance to choose the menu for the annual Champions dinner, which takes place on the Tuesday of the Masters week. 

And since winning the Masters is a lifetime goal, the Champion will get a lifetime exemption into the tournament -- meaning they will be invited to play the Masters indefinitely. The winner will also get a five-year exemption for the PGA Tour and additional five-year exemptions to play the U.S. Open, PGA Championship and The Open Championship -- the other three golf Majors. 

In addition to these already amazing perks, the winner receives an honorable membership at Augusta National. Yes, you read it right: the winner will be able to play on one of the most beautiful courses in the world whenever they want. Pretty amazing, right?

How do I get the tickets for the 2022 Masters Tournament?

The 2021 Masters has just finished, but it’s never too early to plan for tickets for next year’s Masters. 

The 2022 Masters Tournament will take place from April 4-10 and having the chance to be a patron -- that’s what viewers are called in Augusta -- in one of the most important Majors of the season is not as easy as buying tickets for any other tournament. 

The first thing you have to do is go on the Masters website and create an account. The demand for Masters tickets is so high, that you have to apply to a lottery to win a chance to purchase the tickets. 

After opening the account, you will be able to apply to the lottery from June 1 until June 21. You can apply to Practice Tickets (Monday-Wednesday) and to Tournament Tickets (Thursday-Sunday), with few exceptions. You can apply for tickets for each day, but will win only tickets for one day and you will be notified in September. If you are among the lucky ones, you will have the chance to buy up to four tickets for the practice rounds at $75 each, and up to two tournament tickets at $115. 

Good luck!

Who is the favorite to win the PGA Championship?

The next golf Major on the calendar is the PGA Championship from May 20-23. Who is the favorite to win the Wanamaker Trophy on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina?  (odds provided by our partner, PointsBet):

Dustin Johnson +900

Jon Rahm +1100

Brooks Koepka +1200

Bryson DeChambeau +1200

Justin Thomas +1200

Rory McIlroy +1200

Xander Schauffele +1600

Collin Morikawa +2200

Patrick Cantlay +2500

Daniel Berger +2800

Hideki Matsuyama +2800

Jordan Spieth +2800

Tyrrell Hatton +3000

Webb Simpson +3000

Patrick Reed +3300

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