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late drama Hideki Matsuyama clings on to claim Masters glory after a dramatic final round at Augusta

Matsuyama wins his first major to spark scenes of celebration in Japan.

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Hideki Matsuyama of Japan celebrates during the Green Jacket Ceremony after wthe Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan celebrates during the Green Jacket Ceremony after wthe Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan celebrates during the Green Jacket Ceremony after wthe Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama has won the 85th Masters at Augusta National after a dramatic final day that so nearly saw him blow a huge lead.

The tears flowed for Matsuyama as he bogeyed the 18th hole to seal a one shot win, as he allowed a seven shot lead to slip away with some unnecessarily bold play in the final few holes.

As his rivals failed to mount a serious challenge to Matsuyama, he continued to fire at the pins and opted against playing it safe and protecting his big lead.

That approach so nearly backfired as Matsuyama's approach on the 15th hole flew into the water and gave his rivals hope that he might be about to blow one of the biggest leads in major championship history.

His nearest rival Xander Schauffele got within two shots of the lead on the 16th hole, but he fired his tee-shot into the water as the pressure got to him, allowing Matsuyama to limp over the finishing line.

"I'm really happy," declared Matsuyama as he received the green jacket from last year's champion Dustin Johnson. "My nerves didn't start on the back nine, they were there from the start.

"Hopefully I am a pioneer and many other Japanese players will follow me."

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Hideki Matsuyama of Japan celebrates on the 18th green after winning the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan celebrates on the 18th green after winning the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan celebrates on the 18th green after winning the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Former European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley believes Matsuyama was a worthy winner, but he admitted his mistake in showing a little too much ambition as he put his ball in the water on the 15th.

"It looked like he was going to glide over the line and into the sunset and then he brought back everyone into it," said former European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley.

"He eliminated mistakes all week and that allowed him to build up a great lead, but then he threw some in at the end.

"You can't help but be impressed with the way he played. The body language was good in the first nine holes, but he made a big mistake on 15 and it put everyone back in the game again."

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