Hideki Matsuyama made historical past at the 2021 Masters after changing into the first Japanese man to win a significant golf match at Augusta Nationwide in Georgia.
Upon receiving the coveted inexperienced jacket from the 2020 champion, Dustin Johnson, Matsuyama provided a uncommon few phrases about his non-public life, specifically wife Mei and daughter Kanna.
“I used to be enthusiastic about all of them the approach round at the moment,” Matsuyama mentioned by his interpreter.
Matsuyama completed the April 2021 match with a complete of 10-under par, defeating American runner-up Will Zalatoris. He later celebrated on the inexperienced with caddie Shota Hayafuji.
“I’m actually pleased that I performed properly for them,” Matsuyama continued of his household.
In August 2017, Matsuyama shocked the media after revealing he and wife Mei had secretly wed in January of that yr. The couple had additionally welcomed their child lady in July.
Whereas discussing his stunning revelation, Matsuyama mentioned nobody had expressed curiosity in his private affairs in the previous.
“Nobody actually requested me if I used to be married, so I didn’t must reply that query. However I felt that after the PGA can be time, as a result of our child is born and I believed that might be time to let everybody know,” Matsuyama mentioned at the time, based on Golf.com.
Matsuyama’s PGA Tour profile lists wife Mei and daughter Kanna along with his profession earnings complete of $33.2 million.
Additional including to the thriller of Matsuyama’s wife, the golf star’s caddie at the 2016 Hero World Problem was a girl named Mei Inui — though it’s unclear if the caddie is the identical individual as his wife or if they only share the identical identify.
The athlete praised his caddie at the time for conserving him calm underneath stress.
“When issues get powerful, I typically put my head down and develop into quiet,” Matsuyama mentioned, based on USA At present. “However Mei was all the time optimistic all through, even the again 9, and was giving me good vibes, which actually helped coming in.”