Matsuyama has a 1-stroke and a 3rd round lead in the Zozo Championship | Sports News


CHIBA, Japan (AP) – Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama retained a one-shot lead in the Zozo PGA Tour Championship on Saturday after an under-68 score that included a bogey on his last hole to make things interesting before the final round.

Matsuyama was trapped after the first round, led by one after the second, and had a total of 54 holes of 10 under 200 on the Narashino Country Club course of 7,041 yards by 70.

Cameron Tringale, who also shot 68, was three behind before the last hole on Saturday, but his birdie and Matsuyama’s bogey reduced the lead to just one.

Sebastian Munoz (68), Brendan Steele (70) and Matt Wallace (70) were tied for third, four strokes behind Matsuyama.

British Open champion Collin Morikawa, who shot 67 with a chip-in eagle on 18 and was six strokes behind, said he added a new stroke to his repertoire on the sixth par-5 hole. But that’s not the one he wants to repeat.

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“I did something in my career that I haven’t done yet, it was a punch,” Morikawa said. “Yes, planted a pitching wedge directly in the trees.”

“It was kind of a crush. I really had no idea where the ball was going to go, I was just trying to make contact and luckily the putter was working today. Obviously, it’s really nice to finish on a few strokes of luck with the tee shot left in the fairway, hitting a bad second shot, then obviously stepping in to end the day.

Morikawa said it could be an interesting final round.

“You never know. Obviously I’m going to have to go birdies tomorrow, Hideki obviously isn’t going to do a bunch of bogeys, but we’ll see where the day ends,” Morikawa said. “We still feel like that. we’re still within striking distance. and I just need to get off to a good start. “

Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Xander Scheatele shot 68 and was 2 shots, 12 shots behind, as was Rickie Fowler after a 71 on Saturday.

The PGA Tour’s only Asian swing stop drew only three of the top 20 in the world rankings.

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