Late bogey costs Kuchar outright Memorial lead

Sat Jun 4, 2016 10:24pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Former champion Matt Kuchar surrendered the outright lead with a bogey on the tricky par-four 18th to conclude the third round of the weather-hit Memorial tournament on Saturday, setting up the prospect of a Sunday shootout.

Kuchar had stormed a stroke clear of a tightly bunched leaderboard with a run of four birdies in five holes from the 11th but stumbled at the last after finding a bunker off the tee and the right rough with his second to card a two-under-par 70.

That left American Kuchar at 14-under 202, level at the top with compatriots William McGirt (64) and long-hitting Gary Woodland (69) after another intriguing day of fluctuating fortunes at Muirfield Village.

First-round leader Dustin Johnson (68) was a further shot back in a tie for fourth with fellow American Jon Curran (68), Canadian Adam Hadwin (67) and Argentina's Emiliano Grillo (70), with another eight players no worse than three off the pace.

Among those was Australian world number one Jason Day, who mixed seven birdies with a bogey and a double at the last for a 68 to trail by three in the prestigious PGA Tour event hosted by Jack Nicklaus.

Kuchar had mixed feelings after bogeying the 18th, having lost his back nine momentum with just three holes left when play was suspended for just over two hours due to the threat of lightning in the area.

"It's part of the deal," the 37-year-old told reporters about the weather suspension. "We do it a lot during the year.

"It's something that you kind of better get accustomed to. I came out and hit a not very good shot on 16, made a nice up-and-down. A couple of really good shots on 17.

"It's never fun to bogey 18, but almost felt glad to bogey 18 at the same time."   Continued...

Jun 3, 2016; Dublin, OH, USA; Matt Kuchar tees off on hole fourteen during the second round of The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports