May 24, 2014
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
- Hideki Matsuyama will seek his first PGA TOUR title on Sunday at Colonial. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
FORT WORTH, Texas – After posting a couple of top-5 finishes among his first five starts of this season, Hideki Matsuyama hasn’t found himself in contention much in the last three months.
But the 22-year-old star from Japan is certainly in contention now after shooting a 6-under 64 in Saturday’s third round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Matsuyama is at 7 under through three rounds and will have a late tee time on Sunday as he chases his first win in his first season as a PGA TOUR member.
“I’m going to probably be nervous tomorrow,” Matsuyama said through his interpreter.
Matsuyama tied for third in the season-opening Frys.com Open last fall. A few weeks later, he won for the fourth time in 2013 on the Japan Golf Tour.
In early February, he tied for fourth at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
In his last five TOUR starts, though, he’s missed two cuts, had to withdraw from The Honda Classic with a wrist injury, and finished outside the top 30 in the other two starts.
But making his first trip to Colonial, he’s found his game this week.
“Gradually, week by week my game has gotten better,” Matsuyama said. “I feel like I can compete now – especially to shoot 6-under today and be in contention.
“I’m going to have to shoot lower than that tomorrow, but I’m going to do my best.”