The American, who has roots in Japan, was steady throughout and came up big on the final hole.
The former world No. 1 amateur is alone in fifth place after a spectacular 63 at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club.
The defending champion will need a strong round to get back into contention as he bids to become the first two-time winner of the tournament.
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“I hope I have created a pathway for not only Japanese players but all Asia-Pacific players to pursue the dream they have,” Nakajima said.
A pair of Diamond League victories and a bronze medal at the world championships serve notice of Kitaguchi’s rise to stardom.
The new golf tour’s aggressive plans to make a big publicity splash are on full display in pursuit of marquee names.
Stellar putting made a big difference for Matsuyama on the last day of the golf major.
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.