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Matsuyama surges into share of lead

Kyodo

Hideki Matsuyama will enter the final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational with a share of the lead after firing a 6-under-par 64 in Saturday’s third round.

Matsuyama, who started the day in 36th place, carded six birdies without a bogey at the par-70 Colonial Country Club to join David Toms (65), Chad Campbell (68) and Chris Stroud (69) at the top at 7-under-par 203.

“Some putts fell early on,” said Matsuyama, who birdied three of the first five holes. “Going without a bogey is huge. Once putts started dropping, my rhythm with my shots improved.”

“Being in title contention for the first time in a long time makes me nervous. If I play a solid game and battle, I think I have a chance.”

Matsuyama’s 64 was his lowest score on the U.S. tour, where his best finish so far is third place. It is the first time he has entered the final round of a PGA event in the lead.