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Do Hideki Matsuyama, wife Mei have a ‘secret’ marriage?

Hideki Matsuyama

Hideki Matsuyama has been knocking at the door of winning a major championship for years now, and it appears he is finally going to get over the hump at this year’s Masters. Should that happen, people are going to learn a lot more about the Japanese superstar … maybe.

Matsuyama is notoriously a very private person. Some of that has to do with the language barrier, as he predominantly speaks with the media through his interpreter, Bob Turner. Matsuyama has also admitted he does not love interacting with reporters, as he admitted on Saturday that it has been easier on him with less media and fans at the Masters due to COVID-19 protocols.

“I’m not sure how to answer this in a good way, but being in front of the media is still difficult,” Matsuyama said through Turner, according to Alan Bastable of “I’m glad the media are here covering it, but it’s not my favorite thing to do, to stand and answer questions. And so with fewer media, it’s been a lot less stressful for me.”

So while we know very little about Matsuyama, we do know he is married and has at least one child — a daughter. The 29-year-old shared the news at The Northern Trust back in August 2017 that he and his wife had welcomed a baby the month before. Bastable says that was a shock to reporters, who didn’t even know Matsuyama was married.

“No one really asked me if I was married, so I didn’t have to answer that question,” Matsuyama said. “But I felt that after the PGA would be a good time, because our baby is born and I thought that would be a good time to let everyone know.”

The PGA Tour’s website says Matsuyama’s wife’s name is Mei and his daughter’s name is Kanna.

Matsuyama is looking to become the first male Japanese golfer to win a major. He had a very simple message entering the final round as the leader at the Masters. If he can capture his first green jacket, the media will be itching to learn more about him.

Video: John Rahm had hilarious reaction to his great shot at Masters

John Rahm

John Rahm made a late push to get into contention at the Masters on Sunday, and there was at least one shot where he felt like he got some help from above.

Rahm took an extremely aggressive line with his tee shot at the par-3 12th hole. It paid off, as he left himself with a great look at birdie. You could tell he knew he took a big risk when he made the motion of a cross on his chest and put his hands up toward the sky as if to say, “Thank you.”

Rahm birdied the hole to get to 5-under for the round and tournament. That still left him six strokes off the lead, but it helped him move further up the leaderboard.

Considering he has a reputation for not being able to control his temper, that was a great reaction to see from Rahm.

Will Zalatoris, girlfriend Caitlyn Sellers have seemingly been together for years

Will Zalatoris

Will Zalatoris showed at the Masters why he is on the verge of becoming a household name, but we have some bad news for you if you were thinking about shooting your shot with the young golf star — it appears he is taken.

If social media is any indication, Zalatoris has been dating someone since at least late 2018. That someone would be Caitlyn Sellers, according to Golf Monthly.

Zalatoris first shared a photo of himself and Sellers on Instagram in December 2018 when they were visiting San Francisco. He has since shared several posts about his better half, though the most recent was last July.

Zalatoris played golf in college at Wake Forest, and it would appear Sellers went there as well.

Zalatoris entered the final round of the Masters four shots behind leader Hideki Matsuyama. The 24-year-old has drawn attention for his hilarious resemblance to this movie character in addition to his steady play.

Johnny Manziel’s divorce from Bre Tiesi finally being settled

Bre Tiesi Johnny Manziel

It has been more than two years now that Johnny Manziel and his ex Bre Tiesi parted ways, and it appears their divorce is finally being settled.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Tiesi submitted a judgment package on April 1 detailing her divorce from Manziel. It’s unclear if she will receive spousal support, but the split should not be that complicated since Manziel and Tiesi have no children together and were not married very long.

Manziel and Tiesi began dating in 2016. They were engaged in March 2017 and got married a year later. They then split a year after that in March 2019 and have not been together since.

Tiesi initially dropped “Manziel” from her name and deleted all pictures of Johnny from her profile. She then unloaded on the former NFL quarterback with some social media comments, so it does not seem like the split was an amicable one. Both parties will likely be pleased to finalize it.

Video: Billy Horschel has disaster in Rae’s Creek at Masters

Billy Horschel creek

Billy Horschel found himself in the dreaded Rae’s Creek for the second straight day during the final round of the Masters on Sunday, but the results were not as positive the second time around.

After he managed to save par on Saturday by hitting out of the creek that protects the 13th green at Augusta National, Horschel once again had to take his shoes off and roll up his pants the following day. He was able to find his ball, but it took him three swings to get out of the hazard this time.

Horschel ended up with a triple-bogey eight.

It was a risky decision for Horschel to not take an unplayable, but you can understand why he did it. He saved par from a similar spot on Saturday, though he embarrassed himself in a much different way (video here).

Horschel moved to +6 for the tournament after the triple-bogey, so it will likely cost him some money in the end.

Will Zalatoris has fun with ‘Happy Gilmore’ comparisons

Will Zalatoris Happy Gilmore

Will Zalatoris generated some buzz as a sleeper pick leading up to the 2021 Masters, and he has lived up to the hype through the first three rounds. Aside from his impressive golf game, you may have also heard of Zalatoris because of a hilarious pop culture reference — one the 24-year-old is embracing.

Many fans have hilariously observed that Zalatoris bears a striking resemblance to the actor who played Happy Gilmore’s first caddy in Adam Sandler’s legendary “Happy Gilmore” film.

Zalatoris, who entered the final round of the Masters tied for second at 7-under and just four strokes off the lead, is having fun with the comparison. He even had one of his wedges custom stamped to read “Mr. Gilmore I’m your caddy.”

For those of you who somehow don’t get the reference, you can see the scene from “Happy Gilmore” below:

It’s no wonder Zalatoris can’t deny it. There is definitely a resemblance, and it’s fantastic.

NFL admits to costly blown call in Bills-Texans playoff game two seasons later

Bills blindside block

The Buffalo Bills lost to the Houston Texans in the playoffs two seasons ago in part because of a controversial call it overtime. It took more than a year, but the NFL has finally admitted the Bills may have been robbed.

Buffalo and Houston went to overtime tied 19-19 in their 2020 postseason game. The Texans got the ball first, but the Bills stopped them with a three-and-out and had a chance to win the game with a field goal. They were in field goal range after Josh Allen scrambled for four yards on 3rd-and-9 from the Houston 42-yard line, but offensive lineman Cody Ford was called for a blindside block. That backed Buffalo out of field goal range and forced a punt.

The Texans went on to win 22-19. On Friday, the NFL shared a video on Twitter explaining what officials look for with blindside blocks. One of the examples of a clean block that should not have been called was Ford’s block. You can see the play at around the 1:10 mark below:

Had no flag been thrown, Stephen Hauschka would have been able to attempt a game-winning field goal of around 55 yards. That is hardly a chip shot, so there’s no guarantee the Bills would have won. However, the NFL has confirmed that Buffalo at least deserved a shot.

As New Orleans Saints fans could tell you, the blindside block penalty wasn’t the most egregious officiating blunder we have seen in an NFL playoff game. A certain non-call on this pass play still holds that title. That said, it has to sting Bills fans to see the NFL admit the mistake now.


Gardner Minshew is slaying with his new mullet look

Gardner Minshew

Gardner Minshew’s majestic mustache has been his defining quality since he joined the Jacksonville Jaguars two years ago, but the hair on his head may suddenly be more noteworthy than the hair on his face.

Minshew has been growing an absolutely breathtaking mullet since the conclusion of the 2020 season. Words really can’t do it justice, so have a look for yourself:

Minshew is starting to look less like an NFL quarterback and more like a bouncer at a Texas saloon.

If you remember, Minshew shared the story behind his mustache not long after the Jags drafted him. We’d love to hear how the mullet came about as well.