Zozo Championship R2

Hideki Matsuyama takes 36-hole lead

Zozo Championship 2021 R2
October 21-24
Accordia Golf Narashino CC, Chiba, Japan
$9,950,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4

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Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama made the best of the cold and rainy conditions to close with a 68 and takes a one-stroke lead into the weekend at the Zozo Championship.


Zozo Championship 2021 R2

“It wasn’t a perfect round, but I played well. I’m happy with it.

“It’s not often that we play in rain and cold at the same time, but I’m happy with the round and it was a good day.”


Zozo Championship 2021 R2

He started the day one shot behind overnight leader and compatriot Hiroshi Iwata and produced three birdies and a bogey on Friday to reach 8-under.

“I’m in a good position,” said Matsuyama. “Looking forward to the weekend and do my best.”


Zozo Championship 2021 R2

American Cameron Tringale closed with a birdie for a 66 and takes second at 7-under.

“Well, it was cold on the first hole and rainy on the last hole,” said Tringale, “but I produced a steady round of golf really. I kept it in front of me, I hit a lot of good iron shots. The course played really long in this cold weather and being so wet. Just made some nice swings with my irons and kind of left myself in the right positions on these greens and was able to make a few putts. That was the day.”


Zozo Championship 2021 R2

One shot behind at 6-under are England’s Matt Wallace (69), American Brendan Steele (68) and Chile’s Joaquin Niemann who followed up his opening 64 with a 71 after making four birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey at the par-4 17th.

“Very pleased,” said Wallace. “It was a tough day, difficult to really — more for the swing and the shots. We’re hitting some drivers, especially on the 10th, you think you can hit it 260 but it goes 240 and you’d never think that after a good strike, so it was difficult to gauge how far the ball was going to go. It was cold, wet, greens are soft and a bit slower. It was just a tough day, but the finish was really important and it was nice.”

Iwata, who opened with a 63, dropped down into a share of seventh place after making two birdies for three bogeys and a double bogey at the par-4 4th for a 73.


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Zozo Championship 2021 R2

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Hideki Matsuyama
-8
64
68
132
2
Cameron Tringale
-7
67
66
133
T3
Matt Wallace
-6
65
69
134
T3
Brendan Steele
-6
66
68
134
T5
Joaquin Niemann
-5
64
71
135
T5
Tommy Fleetwood
-5
67
68
135
T7
Alex Noren
-4
68
68
136
T7
Sebastian Munoz
-4
70
66
136
T7
Hiroshi Iwata
-4
63
73
136
T7
Troy Merritt
-4
68
68
136
T7
Matt Jones
-4
67
69
136
T7
Lanto Griffin
-4
69
67
136
13
James Hahn
-3
68
69
137
T14
Wyndham Clark
-2
70
68
138
T14
Branden Grace
-2
72
66
138
T14
Mackenzie Hughes
-2
70
68
138
T14
Luke List
-2
69
69
138
T14
Erik van Rooyen
-2
69
69
138
T14
Chan Kim
-2
72
66
138
T20
K.H. Lee
-1
70
69
139
T20
Pat Perez
-1
70
69
139
T20
Sam Ryder
-1
68
71
139
T20
Adam Schenk
-1
67
72
139
T20
Naoyuki Kataoka
-1
68
71
139
T20
Jhonattan Vegas
-1
67
72
139
T20
Collin Morikawa
-1
71
68
139
T20
Si Woo Kim
-1
69
70
139
T20
Adam Long
-1
72
67
139
T20
Chris Kirk
-1
69
70
139
T30
Yuki Inamori
E
69
71
140
T30
Shaun Norris
E
68
72
140
T30
Ryan Palmer
E
72
68
140
T30
Harry Higgs
E
68
72
140
T30
Satoshi Kodaira
E
73
67
140
T35
Tyler McCumber
+1
72
69
141
T35
Takumi Kanaya
+1
71
70
141
T35
Carlos Ortiz
+1
68
73
141
T35
Rikuya Hoshino
+1
69
72
141
T35
Keegan Bradley
+1
70
71
141
T35
Rickie Fowler
+1
70
71
141
T35
Tomoharu Otsuki
+1
70
71
141
T35
Kramer Hickok
+1
67
74
141
T35
Ryuichi Oiwa
+1
71
70
141
T44
Ryosuke Kinoshita
+2
67
75
142
T44
Matthew NeSmith
+2
70
72
142
T44
Maverick McNealy
+2
73
69
142
T44
Keita Nakajima (a)
+2
73
69
142
T44
Ryutaro Nagano
+2
71
71
142
T44
Doug Ghim
+2
71
71
142
T44
Andrew Putnam
+2
73
69
142
T44
Kyle Stanley
+2
70
72
142
T44
Tom Hoge
+2
72
70
142
T53
Charley Hoffman
+3
71
72
143
T53
Henrik Norlander
+3
71
72
143
T53
Doc Redman
+3
76
67
143
T53
Sung Kang
+3
74
69
143
T53
Bill Haas
+3
71
72
143
T58
Ryo Hisatsune
+4
74
70
144
T58
Xander Schauffele
+4
70
74
144
T58
Naoto Nakanishi
+4
71
73
144
T58
Brandon Hagy
+4
70
74
144
T58
Sepp Straka
+4
74
70
144
T58
Peter Malnati
+4
75
69
144
T58
Shugo Imahira
+4
72
72
144
T58
Emiliano Grillo
+4
74
70
144
T66
Will Zalatoris
+5
69
76
145
T66
Scott Vincent
+5
72
73
145
T66
Tomoyasu Sugiyama
+5
73
72
145
T66
Jinichiro Kozuma
+5
74
71
145
70
Roger Sloan
+6
72
74
146
71
Wesley Bryan
+7
75
72
147
T72
Ryuji Imada
+8
74
74
148
T72
Chesson Hadley
+8
71
77
148
T72
Kazuki Higa
+8
73
75
148
T72
Garrick Higgo
+8
70
78
148
76
C.T. Pan
+9
76
73
149
77
Brendon Todd
+10
72
78
150
78
Robert Streb
+11
74
77
151
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