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
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
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
Will Zalatoris won a ton of fans this weekend. At just 24, he’s now
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
(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.
(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
(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
(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.
(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
🏀 After suffering a knee injury, Warriors’ rookie James Wiseman may
for the year.
🎳 18-year-old Anthony Neuer (the “Ginger Assassin”) converted the
first 7-10 split on televised bowling in 30 years. The announcers
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.