Kuchar builds 4-shot lead at Mex­ico event

The Tribune (SLO) (Sunday) - - Sports -

For three days, Matt Kuchar has felt in to­tal con­trol of his game at the Mayakoba Golf Clas­sic. It shows in his score. For the sec­ond straight day, Kuchar had enough birdies to atone for one rough hole, and it car­ried him to a 6-un­der 65 to set the 54-hole tour­na­ment record and build a four­shot lead as he tries to end more than four years with­out a PGA Tour vic­tory.

Kuchar was at 20-un­der 193, break­ing by three shots his per­sonal best on the tour, and by one shot is 54-hole score to par.

“I felt re­ally, re­ally good for three days,” Kuchar said. “I mean, 20 un­der is my best 54-hole to­tal. I felt in con­trol of my ball striking. I felt in con­trol of driv­ing, the iron play, the put­ting. It’s been a great three days.”

Kuchar saved par from just off the green at the 18th to keep his four-shot mar­gin over Whee Kim, who had a 66.

The last time Kuchar had a four-shot lead go­ing into the fi­nal round was the 2014 Hous­ton Open, and he wound up los­ing in a play­off when Matt Jones made a 45-foot birdie putt on the last hole and then chipped in from 40 yards in a play­off.

The other two times Kuchar had the 54-hole lead, he won the Me­mo­rial in 2013 one week af­ter los­ing a one-shot lead at Colo­nial.

“You know the deal, though. You have to go play good golf,” Kuchar said. “I can’t go out there and think a whole bunch of pars are go­ing to get me in the win­ner’s cir­cle. I’ve still got to make a good num­ber of birdies, and with that, some­what have the pedal down.”

Richy Weren­ski and Danny Lee each shot 67 and were five shots back, fol­lowed by a group that in­cluded PGA Tour rookie of the year Aaron Wise (63) and Cameron Champ (69).

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