Hideki Matsuyama had a historic win at The Masters over the weekend, earning him a cool $2,070,000 for his work at Augusta National Golf Club.
But because of the historic nature of his win, Matsuyama could earn hundreds of millions of dollars moving forward.
According to Darren Rovell of the Action Network, Matsuyama’s Masters win could be worth more than $200 million over his lifetime.
Matsuyama became the first Japanese man to win a major golf tournament on the PGA Tour, and Japan is known for its love of golf so the financial impact will be enormous.
Japan is golf-crazed, even though things have died down in recent years. There is no country in the world that has that many golf courses (more than 3,000) in such a small area (146,000 square miles) and Matsuyama is immediately the most powerful athlete in Japan. Yes, unfortunately for Naomi Osaka, it’s golf over tennis in the Land of the Rising Sun.
At the beginning of the day, ESPN’s Andy North said that a win for Matsuyama would be worth more than $1 billion. That’s a bit of a stretch. But it’s probably not a stretch to think that this Green Jacket is worth more than $200 million over the rest of his lifetime.
You know what they say: hard work pays off.
After putting the ball in the drink and holding off a late charge from Xander Schauffele in the final holes, Matsuyama was able to secure the win.
Matsuyama finished the tournament at 10-under, a one-shot edge over runner-up Will Zalatoris.