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By Andrew Both
AUGUSTA, Ga. (Reuters) -Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama stormed residence in model to place himself in place to change into the primary Asian golfer to win the Masters as he held a four-shot lead after the rain-interrupted third spherical at Augusta National on Saturday.
Matsuyama, who started the day three shots behind in a single day chief Justin Rose, performed eight holes after a 78-minute climate delay and went a scorching six below over that stretch for a seven-under-par 65 that introduced him to 11 below.
“Before the horn blew I didn’t hit a very good drive, but after the horn blew for the restart I hit practically every shot exactly how I wanted to,” Matsuyama, whose final PGA Tour win got here in 2017, mentioned by an interpreter.
“This will be a new experience for me being a leader going into the final round in a major. I guess all I can do is just relax tonight, prepare well and just do my best tomorrow.”
Rose (72), looking for his first Green Jacket after a pair of shut calls, was in a four-way share of second place with Xander Schauffele (68), Australian Marc Leishman (70) and Masters debutant Will Zalatoris (71).
World quantity 25 Matsuyama stormed by Amen Corner with a pair of birdies after which began to drag away from the sphere with an eagle on the par-five fifteenth to seize the outright lead following an impressive method.
Matsuyama then birdied the subsequent two holes earlier than capping the primary bogey-free spherical of the week with a par to set a goal no person might catch as he grew to become the primary participant from Japan to guide after any spherical of the Masters.
It additionally marked Matsuyama’s greatest spherical in his 10 Masters appearances by one shot.
Rose, looking for his first Masters victory after a pair of runner-up finishes, had been in control all week and led by two shots moments after play resumed however was out of sync and unable to take benefit of rain-softened circumstances.
The 40-year-old Englishman made a birdie-birdie begin to construct an early three-shot lead however then made consecutive bogeys from the par-three fourth earlier than the inclement climate moved in whereas he was taking part in the seventh gap.
After the stoppage, Rose returned and blended one birdie with a bogey on the par-three sixteenth the place his tee shot discovered the entrance bunker.
Former champion Jordan Spieth (72), who got here into the week among the many favourties after snapping an almost four-year victory drought, was six shots again after a spherical that included four birdies, two bogeys and an double-bogey.
Schauffele, who drained a 61-foot eagle putt on the par-five fifteenth that gave him a quick share of the lead till taking part in competitor Matsuyama made his eagle, will likely be in the ultimate group for Sunday’s closing spherical.
“My dinner will taste a little better,” Schauffele mentioned after making some key putts down the stretch and an up-and-down for par on the penultimate gap. “It wasn’t quite as nice as Hideki’s cleanup there on the last few holes, but I’ll take it.”
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