Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama moved ominously into gold medal contention after three rounds in the men’s golf event at the Tokyo 2020 Games on Saturday. An almost flawless round of 67, marred only by an opening bogey on day three, saw him move to within one shot of the USA’s Xander Schauffele, who shot a three-under-par 68 to maintain the gold medal spot he has now occupied for two days. Matsuyama, who was tipped to be the face of the Games after his surprise Masters triumph back in April , recovered from Covid-19 in the build-up to the Olympics and had played down his chances this week at the Kasumigaseki Country Club given how his preparations had been hampered by his health. But with one round to play, he is in a tussle for the podium. Also moving into contention was Great Britain’s Paul Casey. Justin Rose was the gold medallist in Rio five years ago, and Casey’s charge up the leader board after a five-under-par round on Saturday gives Team GB the chance to defend its Olympic title. Elsewhere, it was a difficult day for early leader board topper Jazz Janewattananond, who signed for a round of one-over-par 72. After an opening 64, the Thai star has seen his challenge fade following a level-par 71 on Friday. One of the biggest movers on Saturday was Britain’s Tommy Fleetwood who carded an incredible seven-under-par 64, with no fewer than nine birdies to leave him four shots off the lead and in with a chance on Sunday. “I just got on a run and that was great,” Fleetwood said. “It was nice to come down the stretch feeling like (I was) constantly giving myself chances and moving up the board. “We all know what places matter this week so it’s nice to be wherever I am, in touching distance.” Also well in contention is former world No 1 Rory McIlroy, who carded four-under-par to put him in touching distance with one round to play. “It was a continuation of how I played yesterday,” said McIlroy, who registered a five-under-par 66 in round two. “I felt like a left a couple out there on the back nine, but I’ve got a great chance going in to tomorrow. It’s all to play for. “It’s going to be brilliant. A lot of us are trying to do something that none of us has done before. It sets us up for a really good day tomorrow,” McIlroy added.