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Hideki Matsuyama disqualified from The Memorial for illegal marking on club
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Hideki Matsuyama disqualified from The Memorial for illegal marking on club

The 2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama was given his marching orders after it emerged white correction fluid used to help center the ball was used on the face of the club.

Zozo Championship: Stunning eagle lands Hideki Matsuyama coveted PGA Tour win in Japan
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Zozo Championship: Stunning eagle lands Hideki Matsuyama coveted PGA Tour win in Japan

The US Masters champion sealed victory with the shot of the week, a stunning five-wood from 250 yards to set up an eagle three at par-five 18th at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, outside Tokyo.

Hideki Matsuyama, Xander Schauffele headline as PGA Tour golf returns to Asia
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Hideki Matsuyama, Xander Schauffele headline as PGA Tour golf returns to Asia

Masters champion Matsuyama will be the focus of intense home interest, while for the American Schauffele — whose family has ties to Japan — it will be a return to the country where he won Olympic gold in August.

Tee shot to T-shirt: Masters champ Hideki Matsuyama hits ball into fan's clothing; watch video
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Tee shot to T-shirt: Masters champ Hideki Matsuyama hits ball into fan's clothing; watch video

Matsuyama signed the ball for the fan but went on to make bogey on the hole, snapping a run of five birdies in a row to finish the front nine.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Solid start by Anirban Lahiri as top golf stars Justin Thomas, Hideki Matsuyama trail
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Solid start by Anirban Lahiri as top golf stars Justin Thomas, Hideki Matsuyama trail

Lahiri shrugged off a bogey start on first by later sinking some huge putts. Two of his birdies on ninth and 15th came from 28 feet.

PGA Championship: Leaderboard provides fascinating mix of contenders at halfway mark
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PGA Championship: Leaderboard provides fascinating mix of contenders at halfway mark

Mickelson, 50, winner of five Majors, but none since 2013, is a co-leader at 5-under, and Matsuyama, who attained a ‘God-like’ status in his home country, Japan, won the Masters only last month.

PGA Championship 2021: Phil Mickelson shares lead with Louis Oosthuizen on windswept Kiawah Island
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PGA Championship 2021: Phil Mickelson shares lead with Louis Oosthuizen on windswept Kiawah Island

Mickelson looked like the Mickelson of old on another windswept grind around the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, running off five birdies over his last eight holes, the last one giving him a 3-under 69 and a share of the lead.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama yearns for Games but can relate to cancel call
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama yearns for Games but can relate to cancel call

Matsuyama, ranked 15th in the world, is set for an Olympic berth and wants the Games to be staged, not only for himself but for thousands of other Japanese athletes.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: ‘I have mixed feelings’, golfer Hideki Matsuyama latest Japanese star to voice doubts over safety of Games
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: ‘I have mixed feelings’, golfer Hideki Matsuyama latest Japanese star to voice doubts over safety of Games

Matsuyama's comments come after tennis star Naomi Osaka said she was "not really sure" the Tokyo Games should go ahead, with fellow player Kei Nishikori also urging a discussion on the wisdom of staging the event.

Masters golf champion Hideki Matsuyama gets Prime Minister's Award
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Masters golf champion Hideki Matsuyama gets Prime Minister's Award

Matsuyama received the award from Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who saluted him for lifting spirits in Japan this time — and 10 years ago.

The Masters 2021: Hideki Matsuyama's triumph gives wings to  Japanese challenge, inspires Asia's golf community
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The Masters 2021: Hideki Matsuyama's triumph gives wings to Japanese challenge, inspires Asia's golf community

"You know it's really inspiring is really amazing. I'm very happy for him. He's a fantastic person, like I said. He is really great for Japan, and for golf. You know the Olympics are coming to Japan and we have the current Masters champion, representing Japan.

The Masters 2021: Green Jacket-ed Hideki Matsuyama would relish Olympic flame role
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The Masters 2021: Green Jacket-ed Hideki Matsuyama would relish Olympic flame role

Matsuyama celebrated becoming the first Japanese man to win a major golf title on Sunday when he captured the Masters by one stroke after a back-nine battle at Augusta National.

The Masters 2021: Tears, cheers and shares rise as Hideki Matsuyama's victory thrills Japan
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The Masters 2021: Tears, cheers and shares rise as Hideki Matsuyama's victory thrills Japan

Even Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga weighed in, telling reporters the performance had been "really wonderful."

The Masters 2021: Tiger Woods says Hideki Matsuyama's title win has global golf impact
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The Masters 2021: Tiger Woods says Hideki Matsuyama's title win has global golf impact

Australia's Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters champion and the only man from his homeland to win the Masters, says the new champion can expect his own "Matsu-mania" in Japan.

The Masters 2021: Hideki Matsuyama becomes first Japanese in Masters green jacket
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The Masters 2021: Hideki Matsuyama becomes first Japanese in Masters green jacket

Matsuyama becomes the second man from an Asian country to win a major. Y.E. Yang of South Korea won the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine over Tiger Woods.

The Masters 2021: On a suddenly soggy day at Augusta, some fail to adjust
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The Masters 2021: On a suddenly soggy day at Augusta, some fail to adjust

Play was halted for 78 minutes by a fast-moving line of thunderstorms, transforming a course that was playing as tough as anybody could remember before getting its first dousing of the week.

The Masters 2021: A masterpiece from Hideki Matsuyama to take four-shot lead
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The Masters 2021: A masterpiece from Hideki Matsuyama to take four-shot lead

A victory would give Japan a sweep this week. Tsubasa Kajitani won the Augusta National Women's Amateur last Saturday.

Valero Texas Open: Anirban Lahiri moves into top-10 with a 69, Cameron Tringale leads
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Valero Texas Open: Anirban Lahiri moves into top-10 with a 69, Cameron Tringale leads

Lahiri's rise up the leaderboard will inject the confidence he needed in his game following a lean spell in 2021, where he has missed five cuts in seven starts.

Shortened year on PGA Tour produces memorables shots by every club in the bag
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Shortened year on PGA Tour produces memorables shots by every club in the bag

A big drive gave Collin Morikawa his first major. A big putt gave Viktor Hovland his first win. And a big iron — in Bryson DeChambeau's case, a really big iron — allowed players to consider an unconventional approach to the game.

Houston Open: Carlos Ortiz holds off Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama for first PGA Tour victory
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Houston Open: Carlos Ortiz holds off Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama for first PGA Tour victory

Ortiz holed two long birdie putts from off the green to take the lead, then was rock solid down the stretch and delivered the winning shots for a 5-under 65 and a two-shot victory in the Houston Open.