AUGUSTA, Ga. – Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama says playing the Masters is helping him cope with the devastation to the university he attends in his homeland.
He’s doing more than coping, however. He’s making Japanese golf fans proud as the only amateur to make the cut.
Matsuyama shot 68 Saturday and stands at 3-under 213.
Matsuyama, 19, attends Tohoku Fukushi University in Sendai, the city closest to the epicenter of the massive earthquake that hit the region. He was in Australia training for the golf season when the quake hit. He said the school “was devastated” by the quake, but he plans to return there after the Masters. He says he hasn’t been able to connect with all of his friends there.
“I don’t know the exact situation,” Matsuyama said.
Matsuyama said his family lives far from Sendai. Though he nearly pulled out of the Masters, he decided to play for “all the people who made me who I am.” Matsuyama qualified for the Masters by winning the Asian Amateur.