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Golf: Seven is the charm for leader Matsuyama in the Bahamas (Reuters)

(Reuters) - Seven has been a magic number for Japan's Hideki Matsuyama in recent weeks and it was no different at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in Saturday's third round. World number six Matsuyama has been a winner three times in his last four starts worldwide, and on two of those occasions he triumphed by seven strokes to establish himself as the hottest player in the game. With typical humility, Matsuyama said his sizzling form owed a great deal to the help of fellow PGA Tour player and compatriot Hiroshi Iwata, along with a slice or two of good fortune.

A brief run by Tiger, and now everyone chasing Matsuyama (The Associated Press)

Tiger Woods waves as he walks off the 18th hole during the second round at the Hero World Challenge golf tournament, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, in Nassau, Bahamas. Woods is six-under-par. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Tiger Woods raised his right index finger in the air when he holed a long bunker shot, his fourth birdie in five holes that put him within two shots of the lead early in the third round Saturday of the Hero World Challenge. Turns out even a good finish wouldn't have mattered - not the way Hideki Matsuyama is playing. Matsuyama, coming off seven-shot victories in his last two tournaments, holed out for eagle with a wedge and kept his mistakes to a minimum for a 7-under 65 to build a seven-shot lead over British Open champion Henrik Stenson (66) and U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson (72).

Golf: Woods starts fast again, struggles at finish in Hero event (Reuters)

(Reuters) - For a third day in a row, Tiger Woods treated his fans to a rousing start in his much anticipated return to competition but lost momentum over the closing stretch at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on Saturday. Woods, who had been sidelined for nearly 16 months due to back-related issues, birdied six of the first 11 holes while briefly closing to within two shots of the lead before bogeying 13 and 14, and ending the third round with a double bogey. The 40-year-old Woods, the prime focus of attention in the 18-man event which he hosts at the Albany course on the island of New Providence, signed for a two-under 70 that put him a distant 11 behind runaway leader Hideki Matsuyama of Japan (65).

Jaye Marie Green leads LPGA Tour Q-school (The Associated Press)

Jaye Marie Green tees off on the third hole during the final round of the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic golf tournament, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Prattville, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Jaye Marie Green shot a 2-under 70 on Saturday on the Hills Course to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament. Green had a 15-under 273 total at LPGA International. Iceland's Olafia Kristinsdottir was second after a 68 on the Jones Course.

Stone takes 3-shot lead into final round of Alfred Dunhill (The Associated Press)

Texas' Brandon Stone catches a ball in his pocket after bouncing it on the head of his club while waiting to tee off on the 16th hole during the NCAA men's golf championship tournament Thursday, May 30, 2013, in Milton, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Brandon Stone will take a 3-shot lead into the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship, when he'll have defending champion Charl Schwartzel for company, after a second successive 66 took him to 17 under overall. The 23-year-old Stone, who led by one overnight, made most of his birdies in clutches on Saturday, three in a row on the front nine and three in four holes on the back to move clear of Schwartzel, Chris Hanson and Keith Horne. Overall, Stone had seven birdies and a bogey around Leopard Creek Country Club.

Tiger Woods set for good finish at Hero World Challenge in Bahamas

Tiger Woods shoots a 70 to stay on course for a good finish at the Hero World Challenge - his first tournament for more than a year.

Tiger Woods shoots brilliant 65 in World Hero Challenge second round

Tiger Woods recovers from a mixed first round by carding a brilliant seven-under-par 65 at the Hero World Challenge.

Tiger Woods returns with over-par round at World Hero Challenge

Tiger Woods has a mixed round including five birdies in his first competitive round of golf in 15 months at the Hero World Challenge.

Tiger Woods can beat my majors record says Jack Nicklaus

Jack Nicklaus believes Tiger Woods could still pass his record of 18 major titles despite having not played competitively for 16 months.

Returning Woods entering 'phase two' of golf career

Tigers Woods returns to the PGA Tour for the first time since August 2015 at the Hero World Challenge.

Tiger no match for Japan’s man of the moment

TIGER Woods started with brief run at the lead. Hideki Matsuyama ended Saturday on his way to another victory

Scott offers young gun wealth of Augusta wisdom

ADAM Scott will give Perth prodigy Curtis Luck a champion’s tour of Augusta’s tricks and beguiling beauty when the amateur flies to the Masters in April.

Scott faces task to run down fearless Dodt

ADAM Scott’s sense of theatre has created a gripping Sunday showdown with a battler, a blackjack fiend, a perennial bridesmaid and a fearless frontrunner.

Hend aims high after going low

DARKHORSE Scott Hend knows 64 could again be the magical Sunday number at Royal Pines after he surged into contention for the Australian PGA on Saturday.

Tiger Woods sizzles in comeback

PLAYING alone in the second round of the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods has gone on a birdie blitz to announce that he can indeed go low again.

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