Golf: Matsuyama 3 shots back at Tournament of Champions

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Japan's Hideki Matsuyama shot a 5-under-par 68 to sit three strokes off the leaders after Friday's second round of the SBS Tournament of Champions.

Starting the day in seventh, Matsuyama carded seven birdies and one double bogey at Kapalua Resort's Plantation Course for a second round total of 9-under 137. Justin Thomas and Ryan Moore sit atop of the leaderboard as Americans occupy the top five places.

Matsuyama's solid start saw him temporarily tied at the top after sinking five birdies on the front nine, but his double bogey on the par-4 No. 17 proved costly.

Matsuyama teed into the rough to leave himself with 247 yards, and his second shot with a fifth iron failed to hit the green and disappeared into the bushes instead.

"It was positive that I could improve my score during the first half, but the 17th hurt," Matsuyama said. "I feel I couldn't judge the situation properly (for the second shot)."

"But I can head into the weekend in this position and I'm looking forward to it."

==Kyodo

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