Hideki Matsuyama Photographed in Airport with Green Jacket After Masters Win

Jenna CiccotelliCorrespondent IIApril 12, 2021

Hideki Matsuyama, of Japan, celebrates after putting on the champion's green jacket after winning the Masters golf tournament on Sunday, April 11, 2021, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
AP Photo/Gregory Bull

Hideki Matsuyama rose to the ranks of golf greatness at the Masters on Sunday when he became the first Japanese player to win a men's major tournament. But on Monday, he blended right in at Atlanta's Hartfield-Jackson Airport—save for his new green jacket.

According to a fan who spotted him at the airport, Matsuyama was waiting to board a flight to Chicago on Monday with his green jacket laid on the seat next to him. 

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

Pretty sure this is Hideki Matsuyama’s last moment as one of us (via @BryanPtak) pic.twitter.com/WQCX6sPOD9

While he seemed undisturbed Monday, it's unlikely that he'll get that peace and quiet back in Japan. His home country has sent golfers to the Masters since 1936, with at least one appearing in the tournament every year since 1968 (h/t Mark Schlabach of ESPN).

After 85 years, Matsuyama ended that winless drought.