Matsuyama wins Asian Amateur earns trip to Masters


TOKYO, Japan – Hideki Matsuyama shot a final-round 67 Sunday to win the Asian Amateur by five shots over Tarquin MacManus. Matsuyama's winning total was 15-under-par 269. Yusuke Asaji was alone in third place.

Matsuyama's victory gives him an invitation to the 2011 Masters and a place in the Open Championship's International Final Qualifying. MacManus also earns a spot in the IFQ.

Matsuyama, an 18-year-old from Japan, emerged from the 118-man field that was made up of 27 different nations from within the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation.

Despite a nervous opening tee-shot, Matsuyama calmly made his way around the 7,068-yard, par-71 West Course at Kasumigaseki Country Club, making four birdies and no bogeys to increase his three-shot overnight lead to a comfortable five.

“I’m very, very happy. I was under par for all four days and now I’m in the Masters, so that’s very exciting,” explained Matsuyama, who shot rounds of 68-69-65-67. “I was extremely pleased to keep the bogeys off my card today; it’s harder to not make mistakes than to make birdies.”