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Golf: Matsuyama drops to 6th after Farmers Insurance Open 3rd round

Hideki Matsuyama, of Japan, hits his second shot on the eighth hole of the South Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course during the third round of the Farmers Insurance golf tournament Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

LA JOLLA, California (Kyodo) -- Japan's Hideki Matsuyama fell four places down the leaderboard after a rollercoaster 1-over 73 in the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open on Saturday, standing in a tie for sixth heading into the final round.

Matsuyama, who shot his second consecutive 66 to hold second place alone at the halfway point, carded three birdies and four bogeys to move to 11-under 205 for the tournament at Torrey Pines and is now seven shots behind world No. 1 Justin Rose.

The Englishman maintained his lead with a third-round 69 and is three shots clear of Australia's Adam Scott on 18-under and four ahead of first-round leader Jon Rahm of Spain.

"I was playing well in the beginning but it got tough in the back half when I hit the fairway only once," Matsuyama said.

"I was relaxed (among the final group) but I wished I had played better," he said.

The former world No. 2 is looking for his sixth win on the PGA Tour. He captured his last victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in August 2017.

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