Matsuyama (65) leads Hero by seven shots


Thanks to a round of 7-under 65, the hottest player in the golf world, Hideki Matsuyama, will take a seven-shot lead into the final round of the Hero World Challenge. Here’s where things stand heading into Sunday in Albany:

Leaderboard: Matsuyama (-19), Henrik Stenson (-12), Dustin Johnson (-12), Brandt Snedeker (-12), Matt Kuchar (-11)

What it means: Matusyama is 18 holes from picking up his fifth worldwide win of 2016 and his fourth victory in his last five starts. The sixth-ranked player in the world was first at the Japan Open, second at the CIMB Classic, first at the WGC-HSBC Champions and first at the Taiheiyo Masters. He is a combined 90 under par in his last 19 rounds of individual stroke play.

Round of the day: Matsuyama made seven birdies, two bogeys and an eagle. The eagle-2 came at the par-4 seventh when he holed out from 86 yards with this one-hopper.

Best of the rest: The last two major winners of the year, Henrik Stenson and Jimmy Walker, posted 6-under 66. Stenson sits 12 under par and will play with Matusyama in the final pairing on Sunday.

Biggest disappointment: The 36-hole co-leader, Dustin Johnson lost seven shots to Matsuyama with an even-par 72. The reigning PGA Tour player of the year was 2 under through 17 holes, but a sloppy bogey at the home hole knocked him out of Sunday's final pairing.

Shot of the day: As a follow-up to his 7-under 65 Friday, Tiger Woods got off to a red-hot start Saturday at the Hero World Challenge.

Woods birdied each of his first three holes and added a fourth circle to his card at the par-4 fifth, this one from a greenside bunker.

The tournament host made the turn at 4 under for the day and 10 under for the week before two back-nine birdies and bogeys and his second double of the week at the 18th hole resulted in a 2-under 70 and dropped him back to 8 under par.

Quote of the day: “For three straight days, I’ve been off to great starts. Two of three days, I didn’t continue it. But overall I’m so happy to be back out here.” - Woods