Golf fans react to Hideki Matsuyama's caddie BOWING to Augusta National

Shota Hayafuji removed his hat and bowed to Augusta National after Hideki Matsuyama claimed his first major title.

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Mon, 12 Apr 2021

Golf fans react to Hideki Matsuyama's caddie BOWING to Augusta National

Golf fans around the world are in awe of Hideki Matsuyama's caddie Shota Hayafuji, who removed his hat and bowed to Augusta National after Sunday's final round.

Matsuyama made history by becoming the first Asian-born golfer to win The Masters and the 29-year-old hopes to see more Japanese players follow suit in the future.

"I am really happy," said Matsuyama after his victory.

"My nerves didn't start on the second nine, it was right from the start today and right until the very last putt. I was thinking about them (my family) all the way around and I am really happy that I played well for them.

"Hopefully I will be a pioneer and hopefully many other Japanese players will follow. I am glad to be able to open the floodgates and many more will follow me."

Although Matsuyama's name made the headlines on Monday morning, it was his caddie Hayafuji who won the hearts of golf fans watching The Masters from all over the world with his touching and respectful gesture to the most famous course in golf.

WATCH MATSUYAMA'S CADDIE BOW TO AUGUSTA BELOW:

It didn't take long for Hayafuji's name to start trending on social media, with fans and professional golfers all taking to Twitter to applaud the caddie for such a respectful tribute following Matsuyama's victory.

"The Japanese are such dignified, respectful people. They respect their elders, their families, their traditions and customs, their opponents, each other and nature itself. I was so happy to see Hideki Matsuyama win the Masters," said one golf fan in response to the clip on Twitter.

"Honor and Respect are engrained in Japanese culture. Having served in the military I am so fortunate to have visited the country several times and have known their soldiers to be some of the finest in the world," said another.

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