Memorial Tournament 2013: Day 4 Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More
Entering the third round at the Memorial Tournament, Matt Kuchar held a two-stroke lead at at eight under par. Trailing were Kevin Chappell and Kyle Stanley (-6). Masters champion Adam Scott (-4) was four strokes back.
Tiger Woods, the presumptive favorite entering the week, was doomed by a third-round 79. He finished the tournament at eight-over par, firing a final-round 72.
Kuchar, who hit nearly every fairway and green, was simply too solid throughout the final round. Although several players tried to make a run at the Georgia Tech alum, including Kyle Stanley, Kevin Chappell and Scott Stallings, he was simply too good this week to be threatened.
For Kuchar, who hasn't missed a cut this year, it's his second win of 2013 and his sixth victory on tour.
Heading into the U.S. Open, there isn't a hotter, more consistent golfer on tour than Matt Kuchar.
"Mr. Nicklaus, a real honor to win your tournament..."
Or, one putt to win... Kuchar pours it in. Final round -4, -12 for the tournament.
Two putts to win.
Jack watching Matt finish.
Chappell pipes his tee shot down the center at 18 and Kuchar answers. Hit the green and two putt and Kuchar will have his 6th TOUR win.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 2, 2013
Stanley faded late, Chappel stepped up. However, with Kuchar sitting in the fairway at the 18th holding a two-stroke lead, this one's over. He'll want to be remembering the fundamentals of the proper handshake as he gets ready to see Jack shortly.
Bigger putt from Matt Kuchar, who rolls this in to stay two ahead of Chappel heading to the last.
BIG putt by Kevin Chappel. Moves to -9 and solo second with the birdie.
Indeed, as Stanley could be looking at bogey on the 17th.
Tough time for Kyle Stanley to be dropping shots. Has a chance to avoid US Open qualifying tomorrow ..— Doug Ferguson (@dougferguson405) June 2, 2013
Kuchar finds the green from the fairway bunker, Stanley comes up short. It's looking very much like this will be Kuchar's second win of the year, barring the unforeseeable.
Kuchar's card so far: Five birdies, two bogeys. He's birdied all the par fives.
I think he's missed one fairway and two greens...not bad.
...and WHY did he hit driver? Matt Kuchar misses right off the 17th tee, finds the fairway bunker.
Misses it...impossible putt.
After Kuchar's abysmal pitch, Stanley has a fifteen-footer for a big birdie.
Finally...Kuchar misses a green. Only by an inch or so, though. He'll have a straightforward up and down for par. His scrambling percentage is near 100% for the week, too.
Good news for Tiger: He's finished.
Birdie putt at 9 just burns the edge. Final tally: 5 birdies, 2 bogeys and a triple. Ho-hum 72, finishes week at +8.— GC Tiger Tracker (@GCTigerTracker) June 2, 2013
Kuch taps in for birdie and moves to -12.
Stanley double-crosses on his approach at the par-five 15th. Kuchar on in two. The latter has just been too solid today, forcing others to make a run, leading them to make mistakes.
Fred Couples finishing up.
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