Local favorite Hideki Matsuyama swept to the front of the field at the Zozo Championship on Friday, carding a 2-under 68 for a one-stroke lead after two rounds.

The Masters champion sat at 8-under for the joint PGA and Japan Golf Tour tournament after carding three birdies and a bogey on a cold and rainy second day at Narashino Country Club in Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo.

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan hits off the 16th tee during the second round of the Zozo Championship golf tournament, a U.S. PGA Tour event, on Oct. 22, 2021, at Narashino Country Club in Inzai in Chiba Prefecture, eastern Japan. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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American Cameron Tringale fired the equal-best round of the day, a 4-under 66, to move up four places into outright second at 7-under, while the overnight leader, Japan's Hiroshi Iwata, shot 3-over 73 to fall back into a tie for seventh at 4-under.

Starting his round on No. 10, the 29-year-old Matsuyama birdied the 13th hole, three-putted the par-4 17th for a bogey before bouncing back on the par-5 18th, reaching the green in two and birdying.

"Getting to the greens in two was big," said Matsuyama, who picked up another stroke on No. 3.

After losing a bronze-medal playoff at the Tokyo Games this summer, the Ehime Prefecture native is aiming to win his seventh PGA Tour title on home soil.

"I think I'm in a good position now, so I want to keep going without making any big changes," he said.

Following an even-par opening round, Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Xander Schauffele shot 4-over to tumble down the leaderboard, the American tying for 58th.

British Open winner Collin Morikawa of the United States shot 68 to move up to 1-under, tying for 20th.