Hideki Matsuyama receives PM Award for his win, and for "lifting the spirits of the people"


Hideki Matsuyama Receives the Prime Minister's Award

From PGA TOUR.com:

On Friday, the 29-year-old received the Prime Minister's Award from Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in Tokyo in recognition of him becoming the country’s first male major champion.

His thoughts were immediately on the people of Japan.

“Due to the influence of the coronavirus, both worldwide and across Japan, we are all living different lives, but even in these times, if this win can provide a sliver of hope to people, and inspire more kids, or even just one kid to want to try and play golf in the future, that makes me extremely happy. I am very happy to receive the Prime Minister's Award for winning the Masters,” said Matsuyama, who is the 34th individual recipient of the prestigious award.

Prime Minister Suga praised Matsuyama for delivering a monumental victory which lifted the spirits of the Japanese people, some 10 years after the country was devastated by earthquake and tsunami.

The tragedy occurred in 2011 just weeks before Matsuyama was due to compete in his Masters debut.  Read more here

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