Matsuyama holds on to lead, but gives himself 1/10

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Hideki Matsuyama of Japan lines up a putt on the 9th green during the third round of the ZOZO Championship at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club on Saturday. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)
Hideki Matsuyama of Japan lines up a putt on the 9th green during the third round of the ZOZO Championship at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club on Saturday. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

In search of his seventh PGA Tour victory, Hideki Matsuyama records a 2-under 68 for a 10-under 200 total to maintain his overnight one-stroke lead at the ZOZO Championship.

Matsuyama, the 2021 Masters champion, is bidding to become the first Japanese winner of this event.

Matsuyama holds the 54-hole lead/co-lead for the sixth time in career. Won the 2016 WGC-HSBC Champions and 2021 Masters Tournament.

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Ranked 1st in Greens in Regulation through 54 holes (81.5%, 44/54). Recorded four birdies against two bogeys, including a dropped shot on the par-5 18th hole where he had a three-shot lead playing the hole.

 

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Matsuyama finished runner-up to Tiger Woods in inaugural 2019 edition and finished T28 in 2020 when the tournament moved to Sherwood Country Club in California.

Holds one top-10 in the 2021-22 PGA TOUR Season (T6/Fortinet Championship).

His win at the Masters Tournament in April earned him the distinction of first Japanese male golfer to win a Major.

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Has won eight times on the Japan Golf Tour, with his last win being the 2016 Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters.

 

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Cameron Tringale (2nd/-9) birdied the par-5 18th hole for a two-shot swing on the last hole as Matsuyama made bogey. He is in his 314th start on PGA Tour, Tringale posts a third-round 68 to get to within one shot of the lead in his tournament debut. He is chasing a first Tour victory.

Has held solo second entering the final round just once in his career and went on to finish T5 (2011/Valero Texas Open).

He has made four starts in 2021-22 PGA Tour season; best finish (T11/Sanderson Farms Championship).

Entered the week ranked 26th on the FedExCup points list. Holds three career runner-up finishes (T2/2014 FedEx St. Jude Championship, 2nd/2015 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, 2015 Shriners Children’s Open).

Won the 2015 Franklin Templeton Shootout alongside Jason Day

One of three players tied for third, Colombia’s Sebastian Munoz cards a third-round 68; a win on Sunday would mark his second Tour victory (20/Sanderson Farms Championship). He has made just one cut in four starts this season, finishing T49 at the CJ CUP.

In his second tournament appearance, Brendan Steele is T3 entering the final round as he chases a fourth career win (2011/Valero Texas Open, 2017 and 2018/Fortinet Championship). His wins at the 2016 & 2017 Fortinet Championship were from 4 and 2 shots back respectively.

 

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Making his debut in the ZOZO Championship, Matt Wallace records four birdies against four bogeys for a 70 for T3, four behind the leader. The four-time European Tour winner is bidding for a first PGA Tour title.

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