The caddie for Masters champ Hideki Matsuyama bowed in respect to Augusta National moments after winning

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Shota Hayafuji. CBS Sports
  • Hideki Matsuyama won the Masters, becoming the first Japanese player to win the green jacket.

  • After the round, Matsuyama's caddie Shota Hayafuji removed his hat and bowed to Augusta National.

  • The moment appeared to be a display of the respect that Matsuyama and Hayafuji have for the course.

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Hideki Matsuyama made history on Sunday, becoming the first Japanese player to don the green jacket as a Masters champion.

Matsuyama's win came after a dominant performance through the final round, holding off a late charge from Xander Schauffele and eventually winning the tournament by a single stroke.

The win was clearly an emotional one for Matsuyama, who held back tears as he walked from the 18th green to the Butler Cabin to officially be donned a champion.

But back on the green, another emotional moment was taking place, between Matsuyama's caddie Shota Hayafuji and the course.

After removing the flag from the 18th pin, Hayafuji replaced the flagstick in the hole, removed his hat, and bowed in respect to Augusta National.

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While Matsuyama left Augusta National a champion, it is a course to be played, not conquered, as he learned at No. 15 on Sunday.

Even in their moments as champions, Matsuyama and Hayafuji clearly respected the challenge that Augusta National presents.

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