Walker, Matsuyama Tied After Three Rounds in Hawaii

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Associated Press

Jimmy Walker and Hideki Matsuyama of Japan made their moves on different parts of the Plantation Course on Sunday and wound up in the same spot — tied for the lead going into the final round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Matsuyama matched the best score of the week at Kapalua with a 7-under 66, making four birdies over the final six holes and ending another strong day with a delicate chip down the slope to a fast green to 2 feet on the par-5 18th.

Walker looked as if he might end this on Sunday, just like most PGA Tour events, even though this was the third round.

He made four birdies in a six-hole stretch to close out the front nine and had a two-shot lead heading to the back nine when he had to settle for pars. Walker two-putted for birdie from just off the green on the 18th for a 67.

Matsuyama and Walker were at 17-under 202.

Walker is going for his fourth victory since his inaugural win at the Frys.com Open to start the 2013-14 season, and he was among the few bright spots in a U.S. loss at the Ryder Cup last September. A victory would make him only the fifth player to win at both courses on the Hawaii swing.