Grace 5 back ahead of final round of ZOZO Championship

Oct 23, 2021 | Featured, South Africans abroad

Branden Grace made himself part of the conversation on Saturday in the third round of the ZOZO Championship at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba, Japan with a third round of three-under-par 67.

That took him to five-under-par for the tournament, five shots behind the lead held by Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama. Matsuyama carded a two-under 68 to maintain a one-stroke lead over Cameron Tringale. Sebastian Munoz of Colombia, England’s Matt Wallace and American Brendan Steele were in a share of third, one ahead of Grace who was in a share of sixth with Tommy Fleetwood.

Grace made four birdies and a bogey to edge a little closer to Matsuyama who is doing his best to give the home fans in a tournament that was won in 2019 by Tiger Woods for his last PGA Tour victory before his accident.

Erik van Rooyen had a three-over 73 in the third round to slip to a share of 32nd in the 78-man field, and Shaun Norris, fresh off his win in the Japan Open Golf Championship, had a two-over 72 to be two-over for the tournament in a share of 36th.

Garrick Higgo followed his poor second round of eight-over 78 with a two-over 72. At 10-over for the tournament, he’s in a share of 72nd. Zimbabwean Scott Vincent also had a third-round 72 to be in 59th.

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