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GOLF | Hideki Matsuyama Maintains Lead Heading into Final Round at ZOZO Championship

The Japanese fan favorite held a one-shot advantage over American Cameron Tringale following the second straight round.

Ed Odeven



Hideki Matsuyama hits off the tee on the 14th hole of the ZOZO Championship third round at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club on October 23.



For the second straight day, Hideki Matsuyama held a one-stroke advantage after a round of golf was completed at the ZOZO Championship in Inzai, Chiba Prefecture.

The 2021 Masters champion, who is vying for his seventh PGA Tour title, shot a 2-under 68 on Saturday, October 23 at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club to maintain his slim lead.

Collin Morikawa, the 2021 British Open champion, finished the third round with a memorable sequence that ended with a chip-in eagle on the par-5 18th hole. After carding a 1-over 71 in the first round, Morikawa lowered his score for the second straight day. He shot 68 in the second round and 67 in the third.

Looking back at what happened on his last hole in the third round, Morikawa described the sequence this way, according to The Associated Press: “I did something in my career that I haven’t done yet, was shank a shot. Yeah, shanked a pitching wedge straight in the trees. It was kind of a grind. I really had no clue where the ball was going to go, I was kind of just trying to make contact and thankfully the putter was working today.”

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Ed Odeven is a longtime sports journalist who previously worked for The Japan Times as its chief basketball reporter for nearly 14 years. He also covered a wide range of other sports for the newspaper, including at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Games. A graduate of Arizona State University, Odeven worked for several newspapers in the Grand Canyon State before moving to Japan. He has freelanced for dozens of media outlets around the world.