Golf superstar Tiger Woods joined a growing list of those in the sport to congratulate Hideki Matsuyama on his incredible 2021 Masters win.
After starting the round with a four-stroke lead, the Japanese golfer was able to hold on all day on Sunday at Augusta National. His historic win makes Matsuyama officially the first Japanese man to ever wear the iconic green jacket. And further, he is the only Japanese man to ever win a major championship.
Meanwhile, Tiger Woods has been at home in Florida while he recovers from a serious car crash. That incident happened in Southern California back in February. It left the golf legend with serious leg injuries and very nearly cost him his life.
Despite missing the Masters this year, Woods was right there on Sunday to cheer on Hideki Matsuyama. Woods took to his official Twitter account to post a touching message to the newest champ.
“Making Japan proud Hideki,” Woods wrote on Twitter. “Congratulations on such a huge accomplishment for you and your country. This historical @TheMasters win will impact the entire golf world.”
Tiger Woods Among Others in the Golf World to Congratulate Hideki Matsuyama
While perhaps the congratulatory message from Tiger Woods will get the most media attention, he was far from alone in reaching out to Matsuyama on Sunday afternoon.
In fact, other stars in the golfing world — both past and present — took the time to congratulate the newest member of the green jacket club. Some of those include Jack Nicklaus, Patrick Reed, Justin Rose, Mark O’Meara, and Max Homa.
But there was one story that may put the others to shame. While other golfers took to social media to offer their congrats, Kevin Na was set on doing so in person. Na is a Korean American golfer who finished in a tie for 12th place on Sunday with a score of 2-under par.
Na was on his way to the airport when he found out that Hideki Matsuyama was about to win. He promptly turned his car around and headed back to Augusta National.
“I wanted to be there for Hideki,” Na told the Golf Channel. “I’m good friends with him. It’s good for sports. It’s good for Asia. To see Hideki be the first Asian-born player to win the Masters is great. It’s something I’ve always told him he’s going to do, he’s going to win a major someday, even when he beat me at the Memorial.”
Na goes on to say that he believes that Asian golfers are set up now to win more majors than ever before. However, once Tiger Woods fully recovers, he might have something to say about that.
“But it’s good for golf,” Na continued. “I think there’s many of the Asian players out here who are going to win more. There’s plenty of us out here that can do it. And to see a fellow Asian do it, it means a lot.”