13 photos that capture the emotion of Hideki Matsuyama’s historic Masters victory

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Hideki Matsuyama was in control the entire final round of the 2021 Masters, but when the final putt dropped, he finally let out the pent-up emotion.

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Hideki Matsuyama is officially your 2021 Masters champion. Ten years after claiming low amateur honors at Augusta National, Matsuyama returned to Butler Cabin late on a Sunday to slip on the green jacket.

The win makes the 29-year-old the first Japanese man to win a major championship and elevates him to instant celebrity status in his home country. Check out the 13 photos below to relive his winning moment.

A champion at last.

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Just after the winning putt dropped.

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Xander Schauffele did his best to claim his first major championship, but Matsuyama was too strong.

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The emotions of winning the green jacket finally hit.

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The emotions continue to flow.

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The champ gives thanks to the adoring patrons.

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There’s nothing like walking off the 18th green as a champion.

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Hideki Matsuyama sits waiting for the green jacket.

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Just a couple of Masters champs.

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Hideki Matsuyama slips on the green jacket.

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Hideki Matsuyama after being presented with the Masters Trophy.

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A fitting champion.

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