DUBLIN, Ohio — Matt Kuchar thrived in tough conditions that sent Tiger Woods to the worst nine holes of his PGA Tour career during the third round of the Memorial Tournament on Saturday.
Kuchar survived a nasty combination of swirling wind and fast greens at Muirfield Village for a 2-under 70, giving him a two-shot lead over Kevin Chappell and Kyle Stanley going into the final round.
Woods rallied on the front nine to salvage a 79, matching his second-worst score on the PGA Tour. Going for his sixth win at the Memorial and his fourth victory in his last five tournaments, Woods had two double bogeys and a triple bogey on the back nine for a 44, breaking by one shot his highest nine-hole total as a pro.
Kuchar was at 8-under 208, among 10 players separated by only four shots.
Chappell shot 68 and Stanley had a 73.
Bill Haas, the 36-hole leader, ran off three straight bogeys late in his round for a 76 and he wasn’t all that upset about it. Haas was still only three shots back.