Matsuyama relishing Masters defence but admits to dinner speech nerves

Successfully defending the Masters is so difficult that just three players have done it, namely Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods.
Hideki Matsuyama hopes be the latest to attempt to join that illustrious trio in the history books after recovering from a back injury in time to take his place in the field at Augusta National — but further doubt over his participation came after he withdrew from the Valero Texas Open on Friday with a neck problem.
If fit, Matsuyama has one more hurdle to overcome before he can fully focus on his title defence, with the prospect of making a speech at the traditional Champions Dinner weighing heavily on the Japanese star’s mind.
“Of course I’m looking forward to returning to Augusta National as the defending champion,” Matsuyama said.
“Looking forward to it is one way to put it; another one is I really hope I play well. There’s some expectations from myself, whether it’s pressure or not. But I am looking forward to it and also at the same time trying to prepare the best I can.