Japan's Hideki Matsuyama moved into position for his seventh PGA Tour win Saturday at the Zozo Championship, shooting a 2-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead into the final round, but could not hide his sense of frustration.
The local favorite carded four birdies before just missing a par putt on No. 18 for his second bogey, finishing the day with a three-round total of 10-under-par 200 at Narashino Country Club in Chiba Prefecture.
"I think I managed to play well," Matsuyama said, despite an expression that displayed dissatisfaction.
The late miss allowed his closest challenger, American Cameron Tringale, to keep pace with a birdie on the final hole after starting the day one back.
Matsuyama sank a seven-foot birdie putt on No. 2 and 10 footers on Nos. 9 and 16 and made six fewer putts than he had in Friday's second round. Poor tee shots, however, held him back. Matsuyama dropped his tee shot on the Par-3 fifth hole into the water and hooked his tee shot on No. 18.
"My form was not good," he said. "I think what I need from myself to be considered satisfactory and what others expect are two different things."
Three golfers sat four strokes off the lead at the joint U.S. tour and Japan Golf Tour event.