American Kuchar tied for lead at Memorial


WASHINGTON: Matt Kuchar tallied four birdies in a five-hole back nine stretch en route to a two-under 70 and a share of the lead following the third round of the Memorial Tournament on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

The 2013 Memorial champion Kuchar, returned after a long rain delay and made bogey on his final hole of the round to finish at 14-under 202 through 54 holes.

Kuchar had three straight birdies beginning on the par-four 13th and four birdies and two par saves in a six-hole stretch on the back nine.

He is tied with fellow Americans William McGirt and Gary Woodland at the Muirfield Village course.

Australia’s Jason Day shot a 68 and is tied for 11th, just three shots back of the leaders. Rory McIlroy is five shots adrift after shooting a 70.

Emilio Grillo and Dustin Johnson lead a group of four golfers at 13-under 203, one shot back of the leaders.

Grillo had an even bigger late stumble than Kuchar as the Argentinean posted a double bogey on the par-four 17th. The miscue dropped him from the lead to a 70.

The 36-year-old McGirt, seeking is first PGA Tour win, sank a four-foot eagle putt on the fifth hole en route to a 64, while Woodland had a bogey-free 69

Canada’s Adam Hadwin fired a 70 and was one stroke behind in the tie with fourth that also includes Johnson and Jon Curran, who both wound up at 68, and Grillo.



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