Four share Crowne Plaza lead
Hideki Matsuyama carded a bogey-free six-under 64 to join David Toms, Chad Campbell and Chris Stroud at the top of the Crowne Plaza Invitational leaderboard.
This week’s event in Texas promises to deliver a gripping final day, with only four strokes separating the top 36 players.
Matsuyama, Toms (65), Campbell (68) and Stroud (69) all reached seven-under after Saturday’s third round, with six players one shot behind the leaders.
That second placed group is headed by Kevin Chappell, who shot a 63, the lowest round of the week.
Alongside the American on six-under is Chris Kirk (67), Marc Leishman (67), Brian Harman (68), Tim Clark (69) and Jimmy Walker (69).
Adam Scott, who is playing in his first event since taking over from Tiger Woods as the world’s top player, is in a group of seven players that are on five-under after the Australian carded a 66.
“I had to make a five-footer (on Friday) to make the cut and to then shoot seven-under, I couldn’t ask for more,” Chappell told PGATour.com.
“I used up a lot of luck today. I had two chip-ins and made some long putts. A 59 would have been nice but I lost the feel with the putter on the back nine.”
The 22-year-old Matsuyama has been struggling with a finger injury for most of the year, but has recovered and is nearing full fitness again.
“Gradually, week by week my game has gotten better,” the world number 26 said.
“I feel like I can compete now.
“I’m going to have to shoot lower than that tomorrow, but I’m going to do my best.”
Former winner Toms had an enjoyable day on what is one of his favourite courses in the world.
“I didn’t get off to a very good start on Thursday but I’ve come back with two solid rounds to give myself a chance,” the 13-time winner on the PGA Tour said.
“I like the course. I knocked a couple really close in the middle of my round and just played solid from there on in.”
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