Matsuyama Maintains 1-Shot Lead Over Tringale Going to Last Round of Zozo

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan has won six times on the PGA Tour and is close to his first one on home soil.

Despite a late stumble, the 29-year-old Matsuyama shot a second straight 2-under-par 68 and will take a one-stroke lead over Cameron Tringale of Mission Viejo to the final round of the Zozo Championship at Narashino Country Club in Chiba, Japan.

“I’ll win if I play well and lose if I don’t,” said Matsuyama, who finished second behind Tiger Woods in the 2019 Zozo at Narashino. “I’ve been playing good golf these past three days, so hopefully I can do the same tomorrow.”

Matsuyama, who has won eight times on the Japan Golf Tour, held a three-stroke lead until hitting a wild drive into the trees on the 18th hole en route to a bogey, allowing Tringale to narrow the gap to one shot with a birdie.

Before that, reigning Masters champion Matsuyama had four birdies and another bogey on his way to a 54-hole score of 10-under 200.

Tringale made four birdies and two bogeys in his own 68 after opening with 67-66.

“It was really tricky out there with the wind and as fast as the greens and everything, it was not an easy day out there, so 2 under, pretty good score,” said Tringale, who has finished second three times but never won in 314 PGA Tour events.

“Yeah, just got to move on when you get a tough gust or something and I was able to do that, so pleased with the day.”

Sebastian Munoz of Colombia birdied the last hole for his own 68 and is four strokes behind in a tie for third with Brendan Steele of Idyllwild and UC Riverside, who finished at 70, and Matt Wallace of England, who also wound up with a 70.

Branden Grace of South Africa made three birdies on a flawless back nine to shoot 67 and is five shots down in a tie for sixth with Tommy Fleetwood of England, who birdied the last hole for a 70, while third-ranked Collin Morikawa of La Canada Flintridge and Cal eagled No. 18 to cap a 67 and is one more down in solo eighth.

“I did something in my career that I haven’t done yet, was shank a shot,” said Morikawa, who won the Open Championship at Royal St. George’s in July. “Yeah, shanked a pitching wedge straight in the trees (on his way to a bogey on the sixth hole).

“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. Obviously really nice to finish on a couple lucky breaks with the tee shot left ending up in the fairway, hitting a bad second shot and then chipping in obviously to end the day.”

Adam Schenk made three straight birdies early on the back nine on his way to a 68 and is seven strokes back in a tie for ninth with Mackenzie Hughes of Canada, who birdied the last hole for a 69, James Hahn of Alameda and Cal, who had two late birdies in a 70, and Alex Noren of Sweden, who birdied the last hole to salvage a 71.

Hiroshi Irata of Japan, the first-round leader at 63, struggled to a second straight 73 and is tied for 19th, fifth-ranked Xander Schauffele of La Jolla and San Diego State, the Olympic Gold Medalist, is tied for 36th after a 78, and Will Zalatoris, the PGA Tour’s Rookie of the Year last season, took two double bogeys on the back nine in a 73 and is tied for 66th.

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