Rolex Testimonee Hideki Matsuyama has won the 85th Masters Tournament, claiming the coveted Green Jacket for the first time to become Japan’s first male major champion.
Holding a four-shot lead heading into Sunday’s final round, Matsuyama played with confidence, accuracy, and precision throughout the tournament demonstrating unrivalled finesse and skill around the greens in his quest for perpetual excellence to become Japan’s first major winner and the first Asian player to claim the iconic Green Jacket.
With this triumph, the 29-year-old from Japan secured the first major title of his career and 15th worldwide victory, joining an esteemed group of players to have captured ‘low amateur’ honours at Augusta National Golf Club (2011) and then go on to win the Masters as a professional including fellow Rolex Testimonees Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
Rolex’s long-standing support for golf spans more than half a century, including over two decades in partnership with Augusta National Golf Club, whose storied history, uncompromising standards and respect for tradition mirror Rolex’s own commitment to perpetual excellence in all its endeavours.
Following his victory, Hideki Matsuyama, said: “I am really happy to win. Hopefully I will be a pioneer in winning this tournament. I am glad to be able to open the floodgates, hopefully, and many more Japanese players will follow me.”
Famed for its pristine course, which places a premium on accurate iron-play and precise putting, Augusta National Golf Club was once again the stage for four days of exceptional golf from the invitation-only field of elite golfers. After his final-round 73, Matsuyama finished with a 10-under-par total of 278 to win by one stroke.
Enhancing Rolex’s rich heritage at the Masters, Hideki Matsuyama adds his name to a long list of Testimonees to have donned the Green Jacket, including The Big Three – Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player – who won an incredible 13 Masters titles between them over a 28-year period between 1958 and 1986.