Hideki Matsuyama won the Masters Golf Tournament on Sunday. He’s earned over $35 million over the course of his professional golfing career. But his non-pretentious flight home via Atlanta and Chicago showcases a different personality than other celebrity golfers.
Hideki Matsuyama Nonchalantly Travels With His Green Jacket Through ATL + ORD
Despite his immense wealth, 29-year-old Matsuyama drives a minivan. Rather than hang out with his fellow golfers after winning the Masters, he sat in his car and played games on his mobile phone.
Yesterday, he traveled from Atlanta to Chicago and was seen walking through the airport with his green jacket, the victory jacket of the Masters, slung over his arm.
— Riggs (@RiggsBarstool) April 12, 2021
The floors give it away. This is not ATL, but Chicago O’Hare (ORD). But he was spotted in Atlanta as well:
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 12, 2021
Apparently he flew from Atlanta to Chicago on United Airlines (UA5284), then took ANA (NH11) from Chicago to Tokyo Narita.
I love it…just sitting in the gate area, engrossed in your phone, with the green jacket hanging over an adjacent seat.
Matsuyama returns to Japan as a hero, the first Japanese player to win a men’s major golf tournament. With all the endorsement deals coming, he may never (need) to fly commercial again. But I have a feeling you’ll still be able to spot him from time to time on a commercial flight.