Saturday, May 26, 2018

Kuchar, Woodland tied for lead at Barclays

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland began their week at the Barclays by going to Citi Field in New York and getting a tour of the clubhouse, where Kuchar noticed an indoor batting cage and asked if they could try it out. He stood behind the net and threw to Woodland, a promising baseball player in high school.

"Gary hit and was really impressive," Kuchar said. "I didn't hit and didn't show anything differently, but Gary was impressive swinging a baseball bat."

Woodland isn't too bad with a golf club in his hands, either.

Playing with Kuchar in the final group, Woodland ran off four straight birdies Saturday afternoon with another powerful display of his athleticism and shot 3-under 68, giving him a share of the lead with Kuchar going into the final round at Liberty National.

"Man, that guy can play some golf," Kuchar said, knowing Woodland was within earshot.

Kuchar, who played bogey-free on the back nine in blustery conditions for 70, remains more polished. He has two wins this year, at the Match Play Championship and the Memorial, and he is a past champion at the Barclays.

For much of the day they were trading birdies — along with a few bad breaks — and wound up tied at 12-under 201.

Kevin Chappell broke the tournament course record with 62, 10 better than the average score Saturday, and was one shot behind.

"In the wind, if you would have told me someone was going to shoot 62 (Saturday), I would probably have laughed at you," Chappell said.

Tiger Woods, coping with a bad back, shot 69 and was four shots behind, along with David Lynn, who also had 69.

Kuchar's chip from off the green on the reachable par-4 16th was stopped by a sprinkler, and Woodland putted his to close range for birdie. Woodland gave back the stroke on the next hole with a drive that plugged into the far end of the bunker, forcing him to blast it out sideways and costing him bogey.

LPGA: Solheim Cup star Caroline Hedwall shot 6-under 64 in the Canadian Women's Open in Edmonton to take a one-stroke lead over European teammate Suzann Pettersen and defending champion Lydia Ko. Hedwall, winless on the LPGA Tour, was a record 5-0 last week in Colorado in Europe's blowout victory over the United States. The 24-year-old Swede was at 10-under 200 at Royal Mayfair.

Pettersen shot 65. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome and I.K. Kim were two strokes back at 8 under. Kim had 65 and Lincicome 66.

Lincicome played in a group with Hedwall and Pettersen.

"I shot 66 (Saturday) and got beat badly by these two," Lincicome said.

CHAMPIONS: John Riegger shot 8-under 64 to open a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Boeing Classic in Snoqualmie, Wash. Riegger had eagle for the second straight day and added seven birdies and a bogey to finish at 11-under 133 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Tom Lehman (67), Bernhard Langer (68), Kirk Triplett (68) and Bobby Clampett (69) were tied for second.