Japanese golf champion – level 3
In March 2011, a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan killed thousands of people. and it destroyed much of Hideki Matsuyama’s home.
A month later, Matsuyama almost turned down his first chance to play the Masters for golf; however, he decided to play only because he thought it would lift spirits. A decade later, he lifted his country again, becoming Japan’s first-ever professional golfer to win a men’s major golf championship – the 2021 Masters Tournament. Matsuyama’s one-shot victory over Will Zalatoris at Augusta National, US, made him the Masters champion, and it was the biggest moment for the sport in his golf-crazed homeland.
29-year-old Matsuyama was introduced to golf by his father at the age of four. After winning several championships as an amateur, he turned professional in 2013.
Difficult words: lift spirits (to make somebody feel happier or more cheerful), one-shot victory (the situation when the winner is better only by one shot than the runner-up), amateur (a person who takes part in an activity for pleasure, not as a job).
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