Hideki Matsuyama already has one hand in the Green Jacket following yesterday’s seven under par 65 round which propelled him to the top of the leaderboard with a healthy four shot lead.
To many, today’s final round will be more of a coronation ceremony as the 29 year old bids to become the first male golfer from Japan to win a major championship.
If he wins tonight, Matsuyama who made his debut at The Masters in 2011 as an amateur, will savour his first victory on the PGA Tour since 2017 when he won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He finished fifth in the 2015 Masters, T2 at the 2017 U.S. Open, T4 in the 2016 PGA Championship and T6 in the 2013 Open. He has won five PGA Tour titles.
Though going in to the final round with a four-shot lead gives Matsuyama a head-start, The Masters is replete with stories of final day collapses. Here are some of the most interesting:
2016 Jordan Spieth – 5 shots lead
The 2015 champion had a seemingly insurmountable five shot lead at the turn. Quick back-back bogeys on the 10th and 11th were a sign of things beginning to fall apart. He shot himself in the foot with a disastrous quadruple-bogey on the 12th hole to fail in his bid to become only the fourth player after Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods to successfully defend the Masters title.
2011 Rory McIlroy – 4 shots lead
McIlroy went into the Sunday round four shots ahead of the chasing pack. His troubles started on the turn on the 10th hole where he made a triple bogey which ushered in a bogey on the 11th and a double on the 12th after a calamitous four-putt. His challenge ended on the 13th hole and he went on to shoot 80 to finish tied 15th.
1996 Greg Norman- 6 shots lead
Greg Norman teed off on Sunday with a six-shot lead over Nick Faldo. He lost the lead on the 11th hole after dropping three shots on the ninth, 10th and 11th holes. To his credit, Norman had set the course record 63 in the opening round. At the close of the final round, Norman carded 78 while Faldo posted a 67.
1979 Ed Sneed- 5 shots lead
Sneed teed off on Sunday with a five-shot lead and hang on to the lead till the 15th hole. Three straight bogeys on the 16th hole through to the 18th extended the game to a three-way playoff which he eventually lost to Masters rookie Fuzzy Zoeller.
1956 Ken Venturi- 4 shots lead
Amateur Ken Venturi was on the brink of writing history, poised to become the first amateur to win The Masters after he opened a four-shot lead going in to the final round. The 24 year old lost the plot on the 15th hole and ended up shooting 80 to finish second.
Clearly, the title is lost or won on the back nine with holes number 10 to 12 the outright banana skins. So will Matsuyama prevail tonight? Catch all The Masters 2021 final day action live on DStv or stream matches on the DStv App.
The Masters broadcast details
Sunday 11 April
17:15 EAT: Day 4, 2nd feed – LIVE on SuperSport Golf and SuperSport Action
22:00 EAT: Main feed – LIVE on SuperSport Grandstand and SuperSport Golf