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Matsuyama takes four-shot lead heading into final round at the Masters

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ideki Matsuyama will be aiming to win his first Major title as he takes a four-shot lead into the final round of the 2021 Masters on Sunday.

The Japanese world no25, a five-time winner on the PGA Tour, shot a bogey-free seven-under par 65 on a weather-affected Moving Day to move 11-under for the tournament and take a commanding lead atop of the Augusta leaderboard.

Previous leader Justin Rose joins Xander Schauffele, Marc Leishman and Masters debutant Will Zalatoris in a share for second place after posting a tricky level-par 72 following a third round that was delayed by 77 minutes due to adverse weather conditions.

Aided by a hole-in-one on the sixth, Canada’s Corey Conners shot 68 to hold outright sixth place on six under, with 2015 champion Jordan Spieth on five under after a disappointing 72.

Rose held a one-shot lead at the halfway stage and moved three clear with birdies on the first two holes in round three, only to drop shots on the fourth and fifth after failing to get up and down from greenside bunkers on both holes.

The former US Open champion parred the sixth and had safely found the seventh green in regulation when the hooter sounded to call the players and spectators off the course due to an approaching thunderstorm.

When play resumed Matsuyama returned in simply inspired form, punching his second shot to the 11th underneath the branches of a pine tree to set up a birdie and also picking up a shot on the next to join Rose in the lead.

The 29-year-old was caught out by the slower, rain-softened greens when he three-putted the 13th for par, but then produced a stunning long-iron approach to the 15th to set up an eagle from just six feet.

Birdies on the 16th and 17th took Matsuyama further ahead and he completed the first bogey-free round of the week by any player with a superb up and down from over the 18th green.

Rose matched Matsuyama’s birdie on the 12th but dropped a shot on the 16th and had to settle for a second consecutive 72 following his brilliant opening 65.


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