Kuchar didn’t tee off until Friday afternoon at Liberty National and knew he had no chance to finish.
He could barely see his ball cross the water and set up a two-putt birdie on the 13th hole that gave him the outright lead, and there was enough light coming from lower Manhattan across the Hudson River to hit his tee shot on the 14th.
The horn sounded, and by then, he was ready to go home.
Kuchar was at 10-under par with five holes remaining and has to return this morning to hold his one-shot lead over Webb Simpson and Gary Woodland, who both finished the second round in the rain-delayed tournament.
Simpson had to play 29 holes – 11 holes to finish his first round in the morning, followed by his second round – and he was ready to go more. He ran off six birdies over an eight-hole stretch and had 5-under-par 66.
“It’s much nicer when you’re playing well to keep playing. And when you’re playing well, you feel like you could play 40 holes in a day,” Simpson said. “My main goal ... I just wanted to get done today. It just felt nice to putt out on 9, knowing that I’ve got tonight to sleep and catch up on rest.”
Woodland was one of the last players to finish at twilight Friday, and he finished strong. Woodland, back on track after a win at the Reno-Tahoe Open three weeks ago, birdied four of his last five holes for 64 to join Simpson in the clubhouse at 9-under 133.
“I feel ecstatic right now to be done,” Woodland said. “It was a close call coming down the stretch if we would be able to finish. Luckily, I played great today, gave myself a lot of opportunities, and I drove the ball phenomenally and rolled some putts in, especially late.”
As for Tiger Woods, he couldn’t get off the course fast enough.
Woods challenged the target set by Simpson with three birdies in five holes – he was two shots behind – and he had a pair of par 5s in front of him.
He failed to make birdie on either of the par 5s, and made three bogeys out of the bunker through the 12th hole to fall off the pace.
He made birdie on the 13th, the last hole he completed, but was still five shots behind Kuchar, who was in his group.
WEB.COM TOUR: In Omaha, Neb., Augusta’s Scott Parel, who needs to move up three spots on the tour’s money list to earn a 2014 PGA Tour card this weekend, shot 2-under-par 69 and made the cut in the Cox Classic at Champions Run.
Parel is tied for 29th place.
He came into the final regular-season event 28th on the money list. The top 25 get their PGA Tour cards.
Fortunately for Parel, the Nos. 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 and 27th players on the money list missed the cut.
Brice Garnett shot 63 and is at 12-under 130, one shot ahead of six golfers, including Wes Roach, who is 26th on the money list.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: In Snoquaimie, Wash., Bart Bryant picked up where he left off last week.
Bryant, who won the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open for his first career Champions Tour title, shot 6-under-par 66 to lead after the first round of the Boeing Classic.
He has a one-shot lead over Duffy Waldorf and Bobby Clampett.
LPGA TOUR: In Edmonton, Alberta, Inbee Park, a six-time winner this season, is tied for the lead with Cristie Kerr in the Canadian Women’s Open.
Park shot 5-under 65 and Kerr had 66. They are at 8-under 132 for 36 holes.
Part-time Augustan Nicole Jeray (76-74) missed the cut.
EUROPEAN TOUR: In Gleneagles, Scotland, Ricardo Gonzalez shot a second consecutive 7-under 65 Friday, giving him a one-shot lead over Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger after two rounds of the Johnnie Walker Championship.