Hideki Matsuyama of Japan Wins the Masters Tournament

April 11 (UPI) — Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama held off an erratic Xander Schauffele for a one-stroke victory at the 85th Masters Tournament on Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, claiming his first major title and the Green Jacket.

With the victory, he made history as the first male golfer from Japan to win a major championship.

“Hopefully, I’ll be a pioneer and many other Japanese will follow,” Matsuyama said.

The 29-year-old Matsuyama, who shot 65 in Saturday’s third round, ended at 1-over par on the final day to finish the tournament with a 10-under 278.

Matsuyama, a five-time winner on the PGA Tour, won more than $2 million in prize money for his triumph at Augusta.

Schauffele was behind Matsuyama at 10-under par heading to the par-3 16th hole, but collapsed with a triple-bogey to fall out of contention. It was the first triple-bogey of Schauffele’s major championship career.

He carded four consecutive birdies before his blunder on hole No. 16 to inch closer to Matsuyama’s lead.

On the front nine, Schauffele sank three birdies, but also had two bogeys and a double bogey, finishing at even-par 72 in what proved to be an inconsistent final day for the American.

Will Zalatoris placed second at 9-under 279, while Jordan Spieth and Schauffele tied for third at 7-under 281. Jon Rahm had a final-round-best 66 to jump 16 spots and share fifth with Marc Leishman.



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Utah Jazz Charter Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Striking Birds

March 30 (UPI) — The Utah Jazz‘s charter plane was forced to make an emergency landing Tuesday after striking a flock of birds shortly after takeoff, resulting in an engine issue.

The Jazz were traveling to Memphis, Tenn., to take on the Grizzlies. Utah is scheduled to play Memphis on Wednesday.

“As the aircraft was taking off it hit a flock of birds,” Delta Airlines said in a statement. “The left engine was shut down, [and] the pilot declared an emergency in return to Salt Lake International Airport. [The] aircraft landed without incident and was able to taxi back.”

Jazz spokesperson said the team charter “returned safely to the Salt Lake City airport today after a bird strike.” No injuries were reported following the incident.

Several Jazz players made posts on social media following the scare and appeared to express gratitude for the safe landing. All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell posted a praying hands emoji on Twitter, while star center Rudy Gobert wrote, “It’s a beautiful day!”

The Jazz have the best record in the NBA at 35-11. The team is still expected to travel to Memphis for Wednesday’s game against the Grizzlies.





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