Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Golf

Kuchar maintains lead at Colonial

FORT WORTH, Texas — Matt Kuchar finished a long Saturday at Colonial exhausted and still a stroke in front.

"This morning feels like a day ago," Kuchar said. "It's hard to believe it's the same day."

After making a 12-foot birdie putt at the par-3 16th, the same place where his day began at 7:13 a.m. to finish the suspended second round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational, Kuchar had two nifty par saves to finish 1-under 69 in the third round. He was at 11-under 199, one ahead of Graham DeLaet, Boo Weekley, Chris Stroud and Matt Every.

When the second round was suspended Friday night because of an approaching storm, Kuchar had just hit his tee shot at the par-3 16th. He resumed there early Saturday with a two-putt from about 40 feet. That was part of three quick pars to keep his one-stroke lead after two rounds, then he played in the final group that finished just after 5 p.m.

Kuchar made his go-ahead stroke in the third round at No. 16, after falling behind by as many as two, before his approach shot at the 379-yard 17th landed in a greenside bunker. He blasted to 13 feet and saved par before hooking his tee shot at 18 into the left rough. He found more tall grass near the green with his second shot before pitching inside 3 feet.

"To not give away a stroke and maintain a one-shot lead is a good position to be in. Everybody has got to come get me," Kuchar said. "Not only a bunch of players, but a bunch of good players up there. … I'm looking forward to having the lead and seeing if I can maintain it."

DQ: Jeff Overton expressed his frustration on Twitter about his disqualification midway through the third round at Colonial for illegally using a putting aid after starting play. With threesomes going off the No. 1 and 10 tees after the weather-suspended second round was completed, there was a backup when Overton's group had completed the ninth hole. He went to a putting green while waiting to tee off at No. 10.

Soon after coming off the course, Overton tweeted "3 group back up at the turn. Rules official tells me we can practice chipping and putting. Disqualified for using my practice putting aid!"

He followed with, "Why do rules officials initiate that conversation to begin with. I wouldn't even have gone up there if I had know that. What a joke!"

CHAMPIONS: Kenny Perry had eagle, five birdies and four bogeys, mixing spectacular shots with stumbles and doing enough of the right things for 3-under 68 and a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Senior PGA Championship in St. Louis. Perry, 52, has yet to win a major despite 16 total tournament victories and $34 million in winnings. He was at 10-under 203. Two-time champ Jay Haas was second after closing with two birdies for 67.

LPGA: Paola Moreno of Colombia played another bogey-free round on a 12-hole course and took a one-shot lead in the Bahamas Classic in Paradise Islands. Moreno shot 4-under 41 for 9-under 81 overall and a one-shot lead over Lindsey Wright. Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse (46) was at 4-under 86, Tampa resident Kristy McPherson (48) at 2-over 92 and Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (49) at 8-over 98. Because of flooding earlier in the week, the event is three rounds of 12 holes.

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