Masters 2021 leaderboard LIVE: Reaction as Hideki Matsuyama wins by one shot at Augusta

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<p>Hideki Matsuyama celebrates becoming the 2021 Masters champion</p> (Getty Images)

Hideki Matsuyama celebrates becoming the 2021 Masters champion

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Follow all the action as Hideki Matsuyama defends a four-shot lead heading into the final round of The Masters 2021.

Justin Rose had been in control of the year’s first major until a weather delay during yesterday’s third round changed the context of the tournament entirely, with rainfall leaving the greens substantially softer. After the players returned to the course, Matsuyama produced a blistering back nine to finish with a bogey-free 65 and leave himself in pole position to become the first Japanese man to win a major in history.

After an afternoon of heightened drama, though, that will be no easy task heading into the final round. A four-shot lead can disappear in a matter of minutes, as the world’s best players know from painful experience, and Justin Rose, Xander Schauffele and Marc Leishman all sit at seven-under-par. They are joined there by Will Zalatoris, with the 24-year-old American attempting to become the first debutant winner in 42 years. One further back lies Corey Conners, who benefitted from a hole in one at the 6th yesterday, and then there’s 2015 champion Jordan Spieth, who will need to produce a remarkable round in order to clinch a second Green Jacket. Follow all the action from Sunday at The Masters below:

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