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Masters Champion Hideki Matsuyama Names 3 MLB Players as Athletic Inspirations

David Kaestle
Hideki Matsuyama at The Masters - Final Round
Hideki Matsuyama at The Masters - Final Round / Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

The 2021 Masters delivered another exciting four days of golf with a lot of ups and downs for a good portion of the field, but ultimately Hideki Matsuyama came out at the end donning the green jacket.

In the process, Matsuyama became the first Japanese man to win the Masters or a major championship in golf.

When he was asked about who his athletic inspirations were following his big win, Matsuyama channeled his nationality, pointing to other Japanese baseball stars who have had success in America: Yu Darvish, Shohei Ohtani and Kenta Maeda.

While it's not a one-to-one translation from baseball to golf, as we mentioned, Matsuyama is a pioneer in terms of major golf success from a Japanese-born player.

Surely now that Matsuyama has accomplished what he has, more Asian-born players will be using him as an inspiration in the future and that has to be an incredible point of pride for Matsuyama, he's certainly earned it.

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