Hataoka, who finished at 15-under 269, was the only golfer to score in the 60s in all four rounds at Wilshire Country Club.
In the finals, it all came down to the golden set against the Wolfdogs Nagoya, and the Sunbirds dominated to secure another championship.
The 2021 Japanese champion had his second even-par round of the tournament, improving on a 5-over 77 in the third round.
Matsuyama needs a record-breaking performance over the final 18 holes to retain the green jacket.
World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler leads the field with an 8-under 136 at the midway point.
The five-time Masters champion plays his first round of competitive golf in more than 500 days, while Matsuyama shoots an even-par 72.
The 20-year-old won three of the first five tournaments to open the 2022 campaign.
The reigning Masters champion said he expects to be able to participate in the upcoming major in Augusta, Georgia.
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The Swallows third baseman and Buffaloes hurler received top vote totals in the Central League and Pacific League, respectively.