Matsuyama retains one-shot lead ahead of Zozo Championship final round

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Oct 23 (Reuters) – Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama maintained his single-shot benefit on the prime of the Zozo Championship leaderboard on the finish of the third round on Saturday.

The 29-year-old hit a second consecutive two-under-par round to maneuver to 10-under and retain his one-shot lead over American Cameron Tringale ahead of Sunday’s final round on the Narashino Country Club in Chiba.

Matsuyama led Tringale by a single shot going into the third round to observe up a formidable opening day rating of six-under-par with a 68 and regarded set for a larger benefit ahead of the final gap.

After a par on the first, the Japanese golfer drained a putt from 10 toes to say his first birdie of the round on the second however gave the shot again when he put his tee shot within the water on the fifth.

Matsuyama recovered on the subsequent, nevertheless, when he claimed his second birdie, having trickled his ball as much as the cup with a fragile pitch from the sting of the inexperienced.

Another birdie adopted on the ninth earlier than he rolled in a downhill putt on the sixteenth to open up a three-shot lead after Trinagle had left his personal birdie try simply quick.

But a wayward tee shot on the 18th resulted in Matsuyama bogeying the final gap of the round and seeing his lead trimmed to a single shot once more as Tringale birdied from shut vary.

Colombia’s Sebastian Munoz missed out on the chance to maneuver into third place on his personal when he missed a makeable birdie putt on the 18th to sit down on six-under-par after a two-under-par round of 68.

He shares third place with Brendan Steele of the United States and England’s Matt Wallace, who each had even-par rounds for the day.

This 12 months’s Zozo Championship is the third within the competitors’s historical past and sees the event returning to Japan after being held in California final 12 months because of COVID-19 journey restrictions.

Reporting by Michael Church; Editing by William Mallard

Oct 14, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Hideki Matsuyama tees off on the third during the first round of the CJ Cup golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

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