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GOLF | Rickie Fowler Takes a One-Stroke Lead into the Final Round at ZOZO Championship

The American, who has roots in Japan, was steady throughout and came up big on the final hole.



Rickie Fowler hits his tee shot on the fourth hole during the third round of the 2022 ZOZO Championship at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Inzai, Chiba Prefecture, on October 15. (Tomohiro Ohsumi/AP)

This article first appeared on SportsLook, JAPAN Forward's dedicated sports website.

INZAI, Chiba Pref. ― Rickie Fowler did a lot of good things to take a one-stroke lead heading into the final round of the PGA Tour's ZOZO Championship.

Now the five-time PGA Tour winner is hoping he can do more of the same on Sunday, October 16 to join Tiger Woods (2019) and defending champion Hideki Matsuyama as winners of the PGA's lone tournament in Japan. The 2020 event was held in California due to travel restrictions during the global pandemic.

Fowler shot a 4-under-par 66 at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club on Saturday for a three-day total of 14-under 196 and a one-shot lead over fellow American Keegan Bradley, who also shot 66.

Fowler's only bogey of the day came on the par-4 15th when his par putt from five feet lipped the hole.

"I did a lot of good things," Fowler said. "I mean, I kept it fairly simple on myself, executed pretty well out there today. Didn't putt as well as I had the last two days. Good solid day. Like I said, it was fairly stress-free."


Read the full story on SportsLook.

Author: Jim Armstrong

The author is a longtime journalist who has covered sports in Japan for more than 25 years. You can find his articles here.

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