Matt Kuchar up by two at Memorial

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DUBLIN, Ohio — Former Georgia Tech All-American Matt Kuchar thrived in tough conditions that sent Tiger Woods to the worst nine holes of his PGA Tour career Saturday in the morning.

Matt Kuchar reacts to missing a birdie putt on the 18th green on Saturday. He still shot 2-under-par 70 and leads the Memorial by two.  DARRON CUMMINGS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Matt Kuchar reacts to missing a birdie putt on the 18th green on Saturday. He still shot 2-under-par 70 and leads the Memorial by two.

Kuchar survived a nasty combination of swirling wind and fast greens at Muirfield Village for 2-under-par 70, giving him a two-shot lead over Kevin Chappell and ex-Clemson star Kyle Stanley going into the final round.

“It was a bit of survival,” Kuchar said. “I was fortunate to make a handful of birdies. I think anytime you make a birdie in these conditions, you feel like you’re really up on the field here. Most of these holes, you’re looking at just getting out with a par.”

Woods didn’t get away with anything. Going for his sixth win at the Memorial, and his fourth victory in his past five tournaments, Woods had two double bogeys and a triple bogey on the back nine (his first nine of the day) for 44, breaking by one shot his highest nine-hole total as a pro. And he shot that without a penalty stroke.

“The conditions were tough and when I missed it cost me,” Woods said through a PGA Tour media official. “I caught the wrong gusts at the wrong time, made a couple bad swings and all in all, it just went the wrong way.”

LPGA TOUR: In Galloway Township, N.J., Shanshan Feng shot 4-under-par 67 before the wind picked up and grabbed a three-stroke lead after two rounds of the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Feng, whose caddie is Augusta native Mercer Leftwich III, is at 6-under 136 on the wind-whipped Bay Course at the Stockton Hotel and Golf Club.

First-round co-leader Moriya Jutanugarn and Haeji Kang share second at 3-under.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: In Des Moines, Iowa, Duffy Waldorf shot 5-under-par 67 to take a one-stroke lead at the Principal Charity Classic.

Waldorf has an 8-under 136 total. Bart Bryant and Jay Don Blake are tied for second.

Augusta native Larry Mize had 73 and is at 145.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In Stockholm, Mikko Ilonen has a two-shot lead over Alexander Noren going into the final round of the Nordea Masters.

The 33-year-old Finn shot 7-under-par 65 in wet conditions to move to 18-under 198. Noren posted 64.

WEB.COM TOUR: In Potomac, Md., ex-Georgia star Hudson Swafford fell back in the Mid-Atlantic Championship.

Swafford, who led after 36 holes with rounds of 67-66, shot 7-over-par 77 in the third round and tumbled down the leaderboard. He’s now tied for 13th, five shots behind co-leaders Chad Collins and Michael Putnam, who both shot 70.

Aiken’s Kevin Kisner shot 73 and is tied for 21st place, seven shots back.

LOCAL INTEREST

CHARLES HOWELL

Augusta native

Score 72-70-73

Shots back 7

SCOTT BROWN

North Augustan

Score 75-73

Shots back MC


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