Matsuyama shoots 7-under 65, leads at Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The third round of the Masters is over, and Hideki Matsuyama has a four-shot lead over Xander Schauffele, Marc Leishman, Justin Rose and Will Zalatoris.

Matsuyama becomes the first Japanese player in Masters history to lead after any round. Matsuyama shot a 7-under 65 on Saturday to move to 11 under for the week.

His four closest rivals are 7 under: Schauffele shot 68, Leishman 70, Zalatoris 71 and Rose his second consecutive 72.

With the finish, he became the first Japanese player to lead after any round of the tournament. Japan had players come to the Masters for the first time in 1936. Matsuyama had five birdies, one eagle and no bogeys in his third round.

Moving day began at the Masters with Rose holding a one-shot lead over Brian Harman and Zalatoris, the last two players to get into the field. Jordan Spieth was two shots behind. In all, 16 players were separated by five shots going into Saturday’s play.

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