Matsuyama received the award from Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who saluted him for lifting spirits in Japan this time — and 10 years ago.
Struggling to make the cut to the low 50 and ties after opening 76s were reigning US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau and four-time major winner Rory McIlroy, who struggled to his worst opening round at the Masters.
Rose fired his best career round in 59 trips over Augusta National, a seven-under-par 65, to seize an 18-hole Masters lead for the fourth time in his career.
He is not here, at least this year. But everyone seems to see Tiger Woods in every corner and everyone wants him back.
The 23-year-old American captured his first major title in August at Harding Park in his PGA debut and likes his odds of walking away from the 84th Masters with a green jacket as the first debut winner since 1979.
Masters 2020: Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth practice in front of empty grandstands
The grandstands are gone. The ropes are missing, replaced by painted lines — dark green, of course — around the tee boxes and greens and marking spots along the fairway to show the few people allowed at the Masters where they can stand.
For many of the world's best golfers, those are memories of ground-shaking, nerve-jangling moments of spectator ecstacy.
Tiger Woods to defend Augusta Masters title behind closed doors as organisers decide against spectators
The Masters had already been pushed back from its traditional April slot due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will now take place from 12-15 November.
Each time Woods won a major — even the first of his 15 — it was one major closer to the 18 won by Jack Nicklaus. This one was different. This was more about satisfaction and redemption than a thirst for more.
Coronavirus Outbreak: Open Championship cancelled, Masters moves to November slot due to the pandemic
This is the first time since the second World War that golf’s original Open Championship, first played in 1860, has been cancelled.
Tiger Woods said on Tuesday that he will prepare for this year’s Masters in much the same way as in 2019 when he ended an 11-year wait for a major title with a remarkable triumph at Augusta National
Golf great Tiger Woods gets US' highest civilian honour as President Trump hails him as 'global symbol of American excellence, devotion, and drive'
Calling Woods "a global symbol of American excellence, devotion, and drive," the president said, "Tiger's determination and work ethic drove golf to new heights of athletic competition and popularity."
Augusta Masters 2018: Jordan Spieth takes two-shot lead after first round as fans cheer Tiger Woods' return
Tiger Woods felt the love, but it was Jordan Spieth who heard the roars as he surged to a two-stroke lead in the Masters on Thursday with a scintillating six-under par 66.
Asked what would be his strategy in the weekend, Shubhankar said, "I exactly know how that course behaves. I'll be aggressive tomorrow."
"So it's great to see it and great Augusta afforded Shubhankar Sharma an invitation," Mcllroy said at Palm Harbor, Florida.
England's Danny Willett was the shock winner of the 80th Masters on Sunday thanks to a bogey-free final round and an epic back-nine collapse by defending champion Jordan Spieth.
The day belonged to Spieth, a 21-year-old Texan who at least got into the Masters record book as the youngest to lead after the first round.
Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri produced a highly commendable first round on his Masters debut, carding a one-under 71 to be tied 18th alongside some of the biggest names here.
Firstpost caught up with Jeev over the phone to discuss playing the famed course for the first time, his favourite memories of the tournament, and what advice he would give Anirban.
Lahiri will become only the third Indian golfer after Jeev Milkha Singh and Arjun Atwal to tee off at Augusta.