Kuchar leads by four going into Houston Open final round

Sat Apr 5, 2014 6:41pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Sergio Garcia faltered as Matt Kuchar took command of the Houston Open with a four-stroke lead after the third round on Saturday.

Six-time PGA Tour winner Kuchar put on a long game clinic and despite a closing three-putt bogey finished with a four-under-par 68 at the Golf Club of Houston.

The American started the day one shot behind Spaniard Garcia, who faded with a mediocre 73 to fall into a tie for second with American Cameron Tringale (69).

Kuchar has a six-shot gap on fourth-placed Matt Jones of Australia as he seeks a confidence-boosting victory heading to the Masters next week.

But he is mindful that he let one get away last week at the Texas Open, where he led halfway through the final round but could only tie for fourth.

"The game plan is to play four good rounds," Kuchar told PGATour.com after signing for a 15-under 201 total.

"It was nice to have a great week last week and have a chance to win, and to jump right back in the saddle and have a chance tomorrow, it's a good position to be in.

"It was another good performance. I feel like my swing's getting better and better. I played steady golf, made a couple of putts, but there weren't a lot of long ones."

World number 11 Kuchar did not sink a putt longer than 15 feet as he compiled six birdies and two bogeys.   Continued...

Matt Kuchar tees off from the 6th tee during the first round of the WGC - Cadillac Championship golf tournament at TPC Blue Monster at Trump National Doral. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports