October 23, 2021
(Reuters)-Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama maintained his single-shot advantage at the top of the Zozo Championship leaderboard at the end of Saturday’s third round.
Prior to Sunday’s final at the Nara Country Club in Chiba Prefecture, he was 10 under in a 29-year-old 2-under par round, leading the American Cameron Tringale by one shot.
Matsuyama led Tringale with a single shot into the third round, following an impressive first day score of 6 under par at 68, looking for a big advantage before the final hole.
After the first par, a Japanese golfer drained the putt from 10 feet to claim the first birdie of the second round, but returned the shot when he put his tee shot in the water fifth. I did.
Matsuyama recovered in the next game, but dropped the ball from the edge of the green to the cup with a delicate pitch, claiming a second birdie.
After Tringale slightly shortened his birdie attempt, another birdie followed on the 9th, rolling downhill putts on the 16th, opening a three-shot lead.
However, on the tee shot on the 18th, Matsuyama bogged the last hole of the round and Tringale hit a birdie from a close distance, so the lead was cut back to a single shot.
“It was really tricky when the wind blows,” Tringale told reporters, and adding a fast green didn’t help.
“That is, 2 under is a pretty good score. I was very happy that day because I was able to move on when the gusts were strong.”
Colombia’s Sebastian Muñoz missed his chance to finish third after finishing a two-under round 68 on the 18th and missing a six-under putt.
He shared third place with Brendan Steele of the United States and Matt Wallace of the United Kingdom, both of which had an even number of rounds of the day.
“The wind is terrible and the course is very narrow, so you have to hit a good shot, otherwise you’ll have a hard time all day,” Steele added.
“It was really hard for me, but I was hanging there.”
This year’s ZOZO Championship is the third in the history of the tournament, and due to the travel ban of COVID-19, it will return to Japan after being held in California last year.
(Report by Michael Church; edited by William Mallard and Kim Coghill)
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