Every­one now chas­ing Mat­suyama

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Doug Fer­gu­son

nassau, ba­hamas» Tiger Woods started with brief run at the lead. Hideki Mat­suyama ended Satur­day on his way to another win.

Mat­suyama, a win­ner in three of his last four tour­na­ments, holed out for ea­gle on the front nine and kept his mis­takes to a min­i­mum for a 7-un­der-par 65 to build a seven-shot lead at the Hero World Chal­lenge.

“I knew some­body was go­ing to go low, but I thought it was go­ing to be prob­a­bly three, four guys that would post this kind of a score,” Woods said. “But Hideki is just play­ing un­be­liev­able golf.”

Bri­tish Open cham­pion Hen­rik Sten­son (66) and U.S. Open win­ner Dustin John­son (72) were the clos­est play­ers to the Ja­panese star.

Woods was even fur­ther back — 11 shots — though the open­ing hour was filled with big ex­cite­ment and raised ex­pec­ta­tions. Woods opened with three straight birdies, then holed out a 40yard bunker shot on the par-3 fifth hole to get within two shots as Mat­suyama was get­ting started. But it didn’t last. Af­ter an 18-foot birdie putt on the 11th hole to reach 11-un­der, Woods started miss­ing fair­ways and drop­ping shots. And he ended the third round with another tee shot into the wa­ter on the 18th hole for a dou­ble bo­gey. He had to set­tle for a 70 and was in 10th place among 17 play­ers.

An­drew Dodt held the lead for the third straight round at the Aus­tralian PGA Cham­pi­onship. Dodt had five birdies and three bo­geys as he went around in 70, mov­ing to 14-un­der 202. … Bran­don Stone pro­duced a 66 to move to 17-un­der and go three strokes clear of three play­ers be­fore the fi­nal round at the Al­fred Dun­hill Cham­pi­onship.

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