HSBC Champions 2016: Saturday Leaderboard Scores and Highlights

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Published: October 29, 2016

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Rory McIlroy will need a minor miracle if he's to win the HSBC Champions 2016 crown after finishing the third round seven shots off the pace being set by 17-under-par leader Hideki Matsuyama on Saturday.

Matsuyama retained his lead after rounding Sheshan Golf Course in 68 on Day 3, taking a three-shot cushion over current runner-up Russell Knox heading into Sunday's decisive showdown.

McIlroy was unable to match Friday's standards and dropped off the leaderboard pace with a third-round score of 70, leaving him with a mountain to climb in Sunday's fourth and final round.

American Daniel Berger heads into Day 4 on 13-under, three shots behind Matsuyama, while compatriot Bill Haas and Italian Francesco Molinari sit joint fourth on 12-under par, still in with a chance of challenging for the title.

Read on for a recap of Saturday's Day 3 action in Shanghai, China, complete with a look at the leaderboard's top 10 and highlights of the third-round drama.



Visit the official European Tour website for a look at the leaderboard in full.

   

RecapThere was little stopping Matsuyama from tightening his grip on the HSBC Champions lead on Saturday after he contributed his steadiest display of the tournament thus far at just the right juncture in the contest.

An outing consisting of four birdies and 14 pars spread evenly across both halves of Sheshan Golf Course saw the Japanese upstart move within one step of the Shanghai crown, although PGA Tour Media noted there's still a way to go:



The absence of any bogeys on Matsuyama's card for the first time this weekend leaves the 24-year-old in fine shape moving into Sunday's closing stage, and a birdie on the 18th was the ideal manner to cap off his Day 3.

McIlroy, on the other hand, was forced into damage-limitation mode for portions of his third-round performance, which incl...
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