Hideki Matsuyama is making his first begin since successful the Masters final month, seeking to regain the shape that noticed him develop into the primary male Japanese golfer to win a significant championship.
There was little time for Matsuyama to work on his sport as he went residence to Japan instantly after his victory — after which needed to quarantine for 2 weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“After you win a match and also you make some changes and also you go on, however this time going again to Japan and actually not selecting up a membership a lot over there, I did not get to observe very a lot in any respect,” Matsuyama stated Tuesday by means of interpreter Bob Turner on the AT&T Byron Nelson outdoors of Dallas. “After which coming again right here, actually one in every of my objectives now could be simply to attempt to discover my sport once more and put together for the PGA Championship subsequent week.”
Matsuyama stated he was not in a position to see his spouse, daughter or mother and father till after his quarantine ended.
Throughout the isolation, he took time to soak within the victory.
“I used to be in a position to most likely learn each information article and journal and TV,” Matsuyama stated. “And seeing how the Masters win was portrayed in Japan was nice — actually unforgettable — and that actually stands out for my journey to Japan.”
Matsuyama stated it was “by far” essentially the most he had ever examine himself.
“A bit embarrassing,” Matsuyama stated. “I am not used to all that spotlight, however grateful that individuals took discover.”
Though he didn’t watch all the broadcast of the Masters, Matsuyama stated he did watch highlights.
“I obtained nervous once more, identical to I used to be taking part in,” he stated. “It was at some factors tough to observe as a result of I used to be so nervous and all these nervous recollections had been introduced again.”
Matsuyama had a large lead on the again 9 earlier than bogeying three of the final 4 holes to carry on and win by 1 shot over Will Zalatoris.
As for the inexperienced jacket, Matsuyama introduced it residence to Japan and wore it twice — throughout a information convention and once more whereas being honored by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
“Very proud to have the ability to present it to my mother and father and household and mates,” Matsuyama stated.