Memorial Tournament 2013: Contenders Who'll Threaten Matt Kuchar's Lead

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Memorial Tournament 2013: Contenders Who'll Threaten Matt Kuchar's Lead
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Matt Kuchar sleeps on a two-stroke lead Saturday night in Dublin, Ohio, but he can't rest easy as plenty of contenders are right behind him and ready to take the 2013 Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village.

While Kuchar is certainly the front-runner to claim victory on Sunday, there are a handful of players within three shots of the lead that could creep to the top of the leaderboard if Kuchar doesn't pick up some early birdies.

With players having to fight through rainy conditions during the last two days, Sunday proves to bring sunny skies and no rain, per Weather.com. Each player in contention will be looking to use that to their advantage, notching birdies to climb up the leaderboard.

Let's take a look at the latest leaderboard, as well as the contenders that will threaten Kuchar's lead on Sunday's final round of action at the Memorial. 

 

Top 10 Leaderboard After Day 3

Pos. Player Scores Total
1 Matt Kuchar
68-70-70 -8
T2 Kevin Chappell
71-71-68
-6
T2 
Kyle Stanley
67-70-73 -6
T4 Justin Rose
70-70-71
-5
T4 Matt Jones
69-72-70
-5
T4 
Bill Haas
68-67-76
-5 
T7 J.J. Henry
72-72-68 -4
T7 Adam Scott
73-70-69 -4 
T7 Charl Schwartzel
65-71-76
-4 
T7 Scott Piercy
66-75-71

-4

For the full leaderboard, check out PGA.com.

 

Justin Rose (-5)

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The South African has shown he knows what it takes to win on the PGA Tour, and he'll do so again on Sunday as he chases down Kuchar's lead.

Rose has notched three below-par rounds at Muirfield Village this weekend, and a fourth one would put him in contention down the final stretch. 

The 32-year-old who has earned top-five finishes at each of the four majors has looked the part of the most consistent golfer on the course this weekend other than Kuchar, who boasts a magnificent 68-70-70 thus far to Rose's 70-70-71. 

There's no doubt that Kuchar and Rose are playing the best golf out of the field in Dublin, and it'd be a surprise if either of these players weren't in contention down at the final holes on Sunday. 

 

Kevin Chappell (-6)

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Twenty-six-year-old Kevin Chappell might be sleeping a little more uneasy than the rest of the field on Saturday night, as he has his best chance yet to earn the first PGA Tour victory of his career and at a marquee tournament. 

Chappell would make history for himself with a win on Sunday, but it's wrong to assume that he doesn't know how to handle a moment of this magnitude. After all, he's finished in the top 10 at each of the last two U.S. Opens. 

Though despite his experience there, Chappell is relatively new to being at the top of the leaderboard after three rounds. That's exactly where he is, as he's tied for second with Kyle Stanley at six-under. 

A turn here or there could mean Chappell is tied for the lead early and often on Sunday, and it'll be interesting to see how the youngster handles the moment and performs in the clutch.

 

Bill Haas (-5)

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The 31-year-old will have to forget all about Saturday if he wants to stay in the hunt for a victory at Memorial. 

After a 68 and 67 to start out the tournament, Haas topped the leaderboard for most of the first two rounds of action at Muirfield.

However, he threw much of that away with a woeful 76 on Saturday's Moving Day. Meanwhile, Kuchar posted a 70 and gained a two-stroke lead.

Despite Haas' struggles, he still sits tied for fourth at five-under and is just a few strokes back of the lead. If he can have a short memory while looking back and channeling his early-round success, he'll have a great shot at victory on Sunday.

 

Adam Scott (-4)

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After already making history in 2012 when he became the first Australian to win the Masters, Adam Scott has proven to be past the jubilation of that feat and is on to dominating on the PGA Tour again.

Scott posted a pedestrian 73 to finish Day 1 at one-over, but since he's played spectacular golf with a 70 and 69, he is at four-under for the weekend. 

We know all about Scott's final-round woes, but don't count on him to show that side as he's sitting with just an outside shot at victory as he's four strokes back. The opportunity is undoubtedly there, but he'll have to play his way into it, meaning there's not much pressure. 

Scott should show us glimpses of his Masters glory on Sunday as he continues his ascent to becoming one of the sport's elite players. 

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