Tiger Woods is on the verge of profitable a record-equalling 82nd PGA Tour title within the climate-effected Zozo Championship in Japan.

Woods holds a 3-shot lead over native favorite Hideki Matsuyama with seven holes of his closing spherical to be accomplished on Monday at Narashino Nation Membership.

The 15-time main winner had earlier compiled a 3rd spherical of 66 with six birdies and two bogeys and, after a break of 48 minutes, made the perfect begin to spherical 4 with a birdie on the primary.

Woods dropped a shot on the fourth however the 43-year-outdated bounced again to birdie the subsequent two holes and lengthen his result in 5 photographs, just for Matsuyama to birdie the 11th and 12th to shut the hole earlier than play was suspended resulting from darkness.

“It was a long day in the saddle,” Woods, who’s enjoying his first event of the season following a 9-week lay-off for knee surgical procedure and was three over par after three holes on Thursday, informed Golf Channel.

“I felt like I played all right, I made a few mistakes here and there but I kept it pretty clean for most of the day and took my birdies when I had opportunities. The greens are soft so we can fire at just about every flag.”

Woods, who will equal Sam Snead’s file if he can full victory on Monday, added: “I’m going to attempt to win, there’s little question about that.

“I’ve obtained a job to do tomorrow and begin off on the 12th gap. It’s not precisely the simplest of holes, so proper out of the gate I’ve obtained one of many hardest par fours on the golf course. It actually can have my consideration.

“As the holes have gone by I’ve gotten a little bit more comfortable. I didn’t start off very good this week, bogeyed my first three holes, but after that it’s been pretty good.”

South Korea’s Sungjae Im and US Open champion Gary Woodland are six photographs off the tempo with 4 and eight holes to play respectively, with Rory McIlroy a stroke additional again.

McIlroy, who fired an eagle and 6 birdies in a 3rd spherical of 63, has simply two holes of his closing spherical to play.

Supplied by Press Affiliation Sport



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