Top-ranked novice Keita Nakajima and Cayman Islands teen Aaron Jarvis had been thrilled to get recommendation from Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka and defending champion Hideki Matsuyama forward of their Masters debuts. Nakajima gained the 2021 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in Dubai to qualify whereas 827th-ranked novice Jarvis took January’s Latin American Amateur Championship for his spot.
“It’s still like a dream,” Nakajima stated by means of a translator. “It’s pretty much surreal.”
Matsuyama and Takumi Kanaya performed a apply spherical with countryman Nakajima, who gained the 2021 Panasonic Open on the Japan Tour and made the reduce in two US PGA occasions this season.
“Both of them are big mentors for me,” Nakajima stated. “Takumi instructed me slope on the greens, typically you’ll be able to’t actually see it, so pay attention to that, and Hideki instructed me inexperienced situation day by day it’s going to change, so you need to be cautious.”
Nakajima, 21, admits he’s nervous, especially at his favorite hole, the par-3 12th.
“Hopefully the God of Golf likes me on that gap,” he said.
Nakajima watched on television last year as Matsuyama became the first Japanese man to win a major title and the first Asian-born Masters champion.
“Hideki Matsuyama has been my inspiration,” Nakajima said. “I used to be very moved historical past was made. Looking at somebody attaining their dream is simply improbable.”
Jarvis, 19, spoke to 15-time major winner Woods after their rounds on Sunday.
“It was fairly cool seeing him taking part in in entrance of me,” Jarvis said. “After the spherical I bought to speak to him for 10 minutes or so and it was simply unbelievable.”
His best advice, Jarvis said, was “simply be your self, exit and have enjoyable and in the event you do the appropriate preparation, all the pieces will maintain itself.”
On Monday, he played a few holes with four-time major winner Koepka.
“Pretty incredible. I learned a lot from him. It was an inspiration,” Jarvis stated. “He allowed myself to be who I am and get more comfortable with thousands of people following him. So, it was pretty cool.”
Koepka’s recommendation was to know that everybody was there to observe the golfers, from newcomers to stars.
“What he told me like helped me out a lot,” Jarvis stated. “They are here to watch players play so just know that, in your mind, they are there for you, so just perform and let the game come.”
Jarvis stated he was amazed on the hills of Augusta National.
“The elevation change was just crazy,” he stated. “You can’t really see that kind of stuff on TV. Seeing the whole place for the first time was pretty incredible.”