Golf: Hideki Matsuyama opens up huge lead as Tiger Woods flops

Updated: Dec 05, 2016, 11:15 IST | V Krishnaswamy

Hideki Matsuyama and Tiger Woods are 11 shots apart, but could not help gushing about each other at the end of the third day of what has turned out to be a very eventful and exciting Hero World Challenge

Hideki Matsuyama (R) of Japan poses with the trophy and host Tiger Woods after winning the Hero World Challenge at Albany. Pic/AFP
Hideki Matsuyama (R) of Japan poses with the trophy and host Tiger Woods after winning the Hero World Challenge at Albany. Pic/AFP

Albany: Hideki Matsuyama and Tiger Woods are 11 shots apart, but could not help gushing about each other at the end of the third day of what has turned out to be a very eventful and exciting Hero World Challenge.

First, Tiger Woods, whose comeback after 16 months has been spectacular, called Matsuyama's golf as "unbelievable" and Matsuyama said, "I don't care how many strokes I'm leading over him, I still worry about him, fear him."

High but worthy praise from Woods, while Matsuyama showed his pedigree by giving Woods great respect.

Matsuyama headed into the final day, with a record tying seven-shot lead ahead of Henrik Stenson and Dustin Johnson. One could not but wonder what it is about the Swede that even when he is playing great, someone else comes up with a 'greater' game.

Back in 2014, he was in great form and was second at Hero World Challenge, but Jordan Spieth finished 10 ahead. Then at WGC-HSBC last month Stenson shot 65 in final round and still finished seven behind Matsuyama.

"I've just got to go out and play well, but if he's a holding five or six-shot lead, that's exactly what he did at HSBC Champions," said Stenson.

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