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There will be no spectators at the Kasumigaseki Country Club this week, but golf-mad Japan will hang off Hideki Matsuyama's every drive, chip and putt as he attempts to add Tokyo Olympic gold to his Masters green jacket.

Asia's first U.S. Masters champion is revered like a god in Japan and will have to cope with the extra pressure of carrying his nation's golden hopes when he tees off on Thursday.

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