Matsuyama 23 Putts, New Course Record 64 & Two Rounds From A First Major.

Quail Hollow, NC …

History again beckons for Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama.

With two rounds to play in the 99th PGA the World No. 3 is on the verge of becoming the first Japanese golfer to win at the game’s highest level.

Matsuyama birdied five of his closing six holes, including four in succession from the 12th, in a new course record 64 and in the process setting the new low shot of a 66 set earlier in the day by Kiwi Ryan Fox.

And on route to moving into a share of the lead at eight-under par with American Kevin Kisner Matsuyama needed just 23 putts.

Matsuyama won last week’s WGC – Bridgestone Invitational for a fifth PGA Tour counting success and now a first Major beckons.

“I’m riding the momentum from the round that I had on Sunday, and again, hopefully I can keep that going for 36 more holes,” he said.

“I don’t know if the other players should be nervous or not, but this is my first experience leading a major, or tied for the lead after 36 holes. And so being a new experience, maybe I’ll be a little nervous, but on the other hand, I’m looking forward to the weekend and seeing how I do.”


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