Monday, February 19, 2018
Golf

Matt Kuchar ties for lead during soggy third round at Memorial

DUBLIN, Ohio — Matt Kuchar finished the third round of the Memorial with a share of the lead, just how he started Saturday.

If only it were that simple.

Kuchar fell off the pace quickly, rallied on the back nine and regained the lead after a 21/2-hour storm delay, then chopped the 18th hole for bogey. It added to a 2-under 70 and a share of the lead with William McGirt (64) and Gary Woodland (69).

They were at 14-under 202, and with the starting times moved up today because of a forecast for more storms, this was far from settled.

Jason Day, the No. 1 player and Muirfield Village member who has never finished in the top 25 at the Memorial, ran off two quick birdies to get within one of the lead only to watch a chip roll back past him into the fairway on the 18th hole for double bogey and 68. He was three shots behind. Rory McIlroy was making headway until he dropped a shot at the last for 70 that put him five back.

The other member of the modern Big Three never recovered from his mistakes. Jordan Spieth, after two quick birdies, went through a stretch of poor swings and missed putts, dropped four shots in a six-hole stretch. He had 74 and was 10 behind.

Twenty players were separated by four shots going into the final round.

Eight have never won on the PGA Tour. Three could skip U.S. Open qualifying Monday if they were to win.

Asked what that would take, Kuchar replied, "Your guess is as good as mine."

Brendan Steele, who opened the day tied with Kuchar, shot 75 to drop into a tie for 21st at 9-under 207.

CHAMPIONS: Billy Andrade shot a course-record 9-under 63 for a share of the second-round lead with Joe Durant and Todd Hamilton in the Principal Charity Classic in Des Moines, Iowa. Durant had 65 and Hamilton 67 to match Andrade at 10-under 134. Andrade broke the course record of 64 set by Bart Bryant in 2013 and matched by Bill Glasson in 2014. Andrade also tied the tournament record of 62 set by Kirk Triplett in 2012 at Glen Oaks. Senior PGA winner Rocco Mediate (67) was 8 under along with Scott McCarron (68) and first-round leader John Inman (71).

LPGA: Karine Icher matched the Bay Course record with 9-under 62 to take the second-round lead in the ShopRite Classic in Galloway Township, N.J. Icher, 31, who is winless on the tour, had nine birdies in a 13-hole stretch in the round that started on No. 10 to finish at 12-under 130. She tied the record set by Laura Davies in 2005 and matched by Jimin Kang that year and Jennifer Johnson in 2014. Japan's Haru Nomura (66), a two-time winner this year, and South Korea's Na Yeon Choi (64) were a stroke back. Defending champion Anna Nordqvist, tied for the first-round lead after 64, had 68 to drop to fourth at 10 under. Ai Miyazato followed her 64 with 71 to drop five shots back.

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