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Good morning. If you’re not the bettor who won $44k betting on Hideki Matsuyama winning the Masters, that’s okay. Neither were we.
- Blake
In today's Sprint:
⛳️  Lots of firsts
⚾️  Historic no-hitter
🏀  New ownership
Trivia: Who gave up a Sunday six stroke lead at the 1996 Masters?
  1. Nick Faldo
  2. Greg Norman
  3. Payne Stewart
  4. Ernie Els

GOLF
Hometown Hero
As Japan’s top-ranked golfer, Hideki Matsuyama is obsessed over to the degree that he and his wife kept their marriage and the birth of their child hidden from the Japanese press.
Hideki recently moved to American where he can eat at his favorite restaurant, Outback Steakhouse, in peace. That may have changed this weekend.
Close down the stretch: After shooting a dominant 65 on Saturday, Hideki entered Sunday’s final round with a 4 stroke lead. At the turn, the lead had grown to 5 strokes.
  • “For Japan, baby!” a fan called on the 10th hole, reminding Hideki how important the win would be to his country’s 126 million people
Hideki bogeyed the 12th, 15th, and 16th to give the tournament a bit more excitement than he would have liked, letting Xander Schauffele get within 2 strokes before Hideki pulled away.
How much does it mean? Max Homa, who also competed in the Masters, put Hideki’s win in perspective:
  • “I get nervous playing for my family. This dude just won the Masters for his entire country.”
Zoom out: After becoming the first Japanese amateur to play in the Masters in 2011, Hideki Matsuyama is now the first male major champion from Japan and the first Asian born player to win the Masters.
Extra credit
Will Zalatoris won a ton of fans this weekend. At just 24, he’s now finished:
  • 6th at the US Open
  • 2nd at the Masters
Plus, the young American broke the internet with this exchange between him and Adam Sandler comparing Zalatoris and his golden curls to Happy Gilmore’s caddy.

AROUND THE LEAGUES
NBA
(33-20) LA Lakers 126 vs. (36-17) Brooklyn Nets 101
  • The potential Finals matchup lacked star power (no AD / Lebron, no Harden / KD). After Dennis Schroeder and Kyrie Irving both got ejected, Andre Drummond (20 pts, 11 reb) led the Lakers to a much-needed W.
(28-26) Boston Celtics 105 vs. (34-19) Denver Nuggets 87
  • The Celtics, who have quietly won five of their last six, closed the game on a 40-8 run.
MLB
(6-3) Philadelphia Phillies 7 vs. (4-5) Atlanta Braves 6
  • We’re not sure what the point of video replay is after the umps ruled this runner safe, scoring the game-winning run for the Phillies. Didn’t look like he even touched home plate.
(7-3) San Diego Padres 3 vs. (3-6) Texas Rangers 0
  • Joe Musgrove, who grew up cheering for the Padres, pitched the first no-hitter in San Diego history in just his second start with the team.
(6-3) LA Angels 7 vs. (4-5) Toronto Blue Jays 1
  • Although they got the win, the Angels lost former All-Star Dexter Fowler for the year after he suffered a torn ACL.
Must watch: Ronald Acuna Jr. beat out a routine groundball to the shortstop. He was moving at 31 feet per second...
NHL
(28-10-3) Toronto Maple Leafs 6 vs. (13-25-4) Ottawa Senators 5
  • Auston Matthews scored his NHL-leading 31st goal, and goalie Jack Campbell set an NHL record for consecutive wins with 11.
(19-16-6) St. Louis Blues 3 vs. (24-13-3) Minnesota Wild 2 - OT
  • Ryan O’Reilly scored with two seconds left in overtime to lift the Blues past the Wild.
Premier League
(55) West Ham 3 vs. (56) Leicester 2
  • West Ham nearly gave up their third multi-goal lead in a month, but held on to climb back into the coveted fourth spot in the PL table.

WATER COOLER TALK
🏒  UMass absolutely buried St. Cloud State 5-0 to win the program’s first NCAA men’s hockey national championship. The Zoomass campus went crazy in the streets to celebrate.
⛳  Si Woo Kim broke his putter with five holes left to play on Friday. Putting with his 3 wood, he shot par the rest of the way, proving the pros are better than the rest of us even with the wrong clubs.
🏀  After missing on the Mets, Alex Rodriguez is reportedly finalizing the purchase of the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves and the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx.
🏀  After suffering a knee injury, Warriors’ rookie James Wiseman may be done for the year.
🏀  Texas Tech star Mac McClung entered the transfer portal. He’ll either transfer or enter the 2021 NBA Draft.
🎳  18-year-old Anthony Neuer (the “Ginger Assassin”) converted the first 7-10 split on televised bowling in 30 years. The announcers went nuts.

SPRINT'S PICKS
Stat: Japan, despite having only 146,000 square miles, boasts 3,170 golf courses (56 square miles per course). For reference, the US has 3,531,905 square miles and 16,800 golf courses (210 square miles per course).
Quote: “One of my goals since I was a little guy was to win on the U.S. PGA Tour, and now that I’ve done that, my next goal would be to win one of the four majors.” - Hideki Matsuyama in 2014.
Highlight: Matsuyama’s caddie bows to Augusta National while replacing the flag on the 72nd green.

MONDAY WATCHLIST
NBA
Philadelphia 76ers (36-17) vs. Dallas Mavericks (29-23) - 7:30 ET on ESPN
Denver Nuggets (34-19) vs. Golden State Warriors (25-28) - 10:00 ET on ESPN
MLB
Boston Red Sox (6-3) vs. Minnesota Twins (5-4) - 2:10 ET on ESPN+
NHL
Detroit Red Wings (14-23-6) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (27-9-4) - 7:00 PM ET on ESPN+
Toronto Maple Leaves (28-10-3) vs. Montreal Canadiens (17-12-9) - 7:00 PM ET on ESPN+
Premier League
West Brom (21) vs. Southampton (36) - 1:00 PM ET on NBCS
Brighton (32) vs. Everton (47) - 3:15 ET on NBCS

TRIVIA ANSWER
B. Entering Sunday with a six stroke lead, Greg Norman bogeyed the 9th, 10th, and 11th before finding water on the 12th for a double-bogey. Nick Faldo won the tournament by five shots.

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