Zozo Championship R3/4 (Pt1)

Tiger Woods closes in on record-equalling PGA Tour title win

October 24-27
Accordia Golf Narashino CC, Chiba, Japan
$9,750,000
Round 1, Round 2 (Pt1), Round 2 (Pt2), Round 4 (Pt2)

Zozo Championship R3/4 (Pt1) - Play suspended
Tiger Woods holds a three-shot lead in the final round of the Zozo Championship (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Tiger Woods is on the verge of winning a record-equalling 82nd PGA Tour title in the weather-effected Zozo Championship in Japan.

Woods holds a three-shot lead over local favourite Hideki Matsuyama with seven holes of his final round to be completed on Monday at Narashino Country Club.

The 15-time major winner had earlier compiled a third round of 66 with six birdies and two bogeys and, after a break of 48 minutes, made the ideal start to round four with a birdie on the first.

Woods dropped a shot on the fourth but the 43-year-old bounced back to birdie the next two holes and extend his lead to five shots, only for Matsuyama to birdie the 11th and 12th to close the gap before play was suspended due to darkness.

“It was a long day in the saddle,” Woods, who is playing his first tournament of the season following a nine-week lay-off for knee surgery and was three over par after three holes on Thursday, told Golf Channel.

“I felt like I played all right, I made a few mistakes here and there but I kept it pretty clean for most of the day and took my birdies when I had opportunities. The greens are soft so we can fire at just about every flag.”

Woods, who will equal Sam Snead’s record if he can complete victory on Monday, added: “I’m going to try and win, there’s no doubt about that.


“I’ve got a job to do tomorrow and start off on the 12th hole. It’s not exactly the easiest of holes, so right out of the gate I’ve got one of the hardest par fours on the golf course. It certainly will have my attention.

“As the holes have gone by I’ve gotten a little bit more comfortable. I didn’t start off very good this week, bogeyed my first three holes, but after that it’s been pretty good.”


South Korea’s Sungjae Im and US Open champion Gary Woodland are six shots off the pace with four and eight holes to play respectively, with Rory McIlroy a stroke further back.

McIlroy, who fired an eagle and six birdies in a third round of 63, has just two holes of his final round to play.


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By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
Hole
Today
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Tiger Woods
USA
-18
11
-2
64
64
66
194
2
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-15
12
-2
65
67
65
197
T3
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-12
14
-4
71
64
67
202
T3
Gary Woodland
USA
-12
10
Par
64
66
68
198
5
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-11
16
-1
72
65
63
200
T6
Charles Howell III
USA
-10
14
-1
70
65
66
201
T6
Billy Horschel
USA
-10
12
1
68
67
64
199
T6
Matthew Wolff
USA
-10
12
-1
69
65
67
201
T6
Xander Schauffele
USA
-10
12
1
68
66
65
199
T10
Danny Lee
NZL
-9
14
-2
70
65
68
203
T10
Corey Conners
CAN
-9
12
2
69
64
66
199
T12
Shane Lowry
IRL
-8
18
-5
71
69
67
65
272
T12
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-8
16
-2
70
68
66
204
T12
Keegan Bradley
USA
-8
11
-1
69
63
71
203
T15
Justin Thomas
USA
-7
18
-5
70
69
69
65
273
T15
Patrick Reed
USA
-7
18
-2
72
68
65
68
273
T15
Paul Casey
ENG
-7
18
-3
69
69
68
67
273
T15
Ian Poulter
ENG
-7
15
-3
71
71
64
206
T15
Ryan Palmer
USA
-7
13
-1
67
68
69
204
T15
Daniel Berger
USA
-7
12
Par
67
66
70
203
T21
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-6
18
-3
71
69
67
67
274
T21
Jason Day
AUS
-6
18
-2
73
66
67
68
274
T21
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-6
18
-3
71
69
67
67
274
T24
Harold Varner III
USA
-5
15
-6
72
70
69
211
T24
Adam Schenk
USA
-5
14
1
69
67
68
204
T24
Keith Mitchell
USA
-5
14
-3
69
68
71
208
T24
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
-5
14
-1
67
69
70
206
T24
Collin Morikawa
USA
-5
13
1
71
64
69
204
T29
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-4
18
Par
69
69
68
70
276
T29
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-4
18
-3
73
66
70
67
276
T29
Troy Merritt
USA
-4
18
-3
71
68
70
67
276
T29
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
-4
14
2
69
66
69
204
T33
Adam Scott
AUS
-3
18
1
73
67
66
71
277
T33
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-3
18
Par
71
68
68
70
277
T33
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-3
18
-1
70
71
67
69
277
T33
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
-3
14
4
68
68
67
203
T33
J. T. Poston
USA
-3
13
Par
70
65
72
207
T38
Kevin Tway
USA
-2
18
-4
69
72
71
66
278
T38
Lucas Glover
USA
-2
18
-1
72
69
68
69
278
T38
Ryo Ishikawa
JPN
-2
14
2
68
68
70
206
T38
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
-2
14
-1
76
67
66
209
T42
Adam Hadwin
CAN
-1
18
-2
71
69
71
68
279
T42
Chan Kim
USA
-1
18
-3
71
69
72
67
279
T42
Viktor Hovland
NOR
-1
18
2
75
65
67
72
279
T42
Abraham Ancer
USA
-1
15
-1
74
68
68
210
T42
Vaughn Taylor
USA
-1
14
-5
70
73
71
214
T47
Kevin Na
USA
Par
18
1
71
70
68
71
280
T47
Max Homa
USA
Par
18
5
71
68
66
75
280
T47
Tomoharu Otsuki
JPN
Par
18
5
70
68
67
75
280
T47
Jazz Janewattananond
THA
Par
16
-2
74
67
71
212
T47
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
Par
16
1
69
69
71
209
T47
Wyndham Clark
USA
Par
14
-2
74
68
70
212
T53
Adam Long
USA
1
18
-4
71
70
74
66
281
T53
Bubba Watson
USA
1
18
5
69
69
68
75
281
T53
Rikuya Hoshino
JPN
1
18
Par
68
71
72
70
281
T53
Shaun Norris
RSA
1
18
-1
73
67
72
69
281
57
Pat Perez
USA
2
16
1
72
70
69
211
T58
Andrew Putnam
USA
3
18
Par
68
72
73
70
283
T58
Tony Finau
USA
3
18
3
72
69
69
73
283
T58
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
3
14
-1
68
75
71
214
T61
Sang-Hyun Park
KOR
4
18
-1
71
70
74
69
284
T61
Seung-Su Han
KOR
4
18
5
72
69
68
75
284
T61
Yosuke Asaji
JPN
4
18
5
72
67
70
75
284
T61
Chez Reavie
USA
4
13
1
77
70
66
213
T61
Jinichiro Kozuma
JPN
4
13
-1
75
69
71
215
T66
Shugo Imahira
JPN
5
14
Par
74
69
72
215
T66
Jordan Spieth
USA
5
13
1
74
71
69
214
T66
Scott Piercy
USA
5
13
1
78
68
68
214
T69
Jason Kokrak
USA
6
14
2
74
70
70
214
T69
Kevin Kisner
USA
6
13
3
75
70
68
213
T69
Marc Leishman
AUS
6
13
1
76
70
69
215
72
Mikumu Horikawa
JPN
7
13
2
72
75
68
215
T73
Ryan Moore
USA
9
16
6
72
69
72
213
T73
Kevin Streelman
USA
9
12
Par
78
69
72
219
75
Joel Dahmen
USA
11
12
1
72
76
72
220
76
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
12
13
2
75
71
74
220
RET
Graeme McDowell
NIR
Par
129
81
81
RET
Nate Lashley
USA
Par
137
73
73
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