FORT WORTH, Texas – Matt Kuchar finished a long Saturday at Colonial exhausted and still a stroke in front.
This morning feels like a day ago, Kuchar said. It’s hard to believe it’s the same day.
After making a 12-foot birdie putt at the par-3 16th hole, the same place where his day began at 7:13 a.m. to finish the suspended second round, Kuchar had two nifty par-savers to finish a 1-under 69 in the third round. He was at 11-under 199, one ahead of Graham DeLaet, Boo Weekley, Chris Stroud and Matt Every.
When the second round was suspended Friday night because of an approaching storm, Kuchar had just hit his tee shot at the par-3 16th. He resumed there early Saturday with a two-putt from about 40 feet. That was part of three quick pars to keep his one-stroke lead after two rounds, then he played in the final group that finished just after 5 p.m.
To not give away a stroke and maintain a one-shot lead is a good position to be in. Everybody has got to come get me, Kuchar said. Not only a bunch of players, but a bunch of good players up there. ... I’m looking forward to having the lead and seeing if I can maintain it, and my goal will be to grow the lead.
Weekly, even with problems maintaining focus in his left eye, and Every shot third-round 66s. Stroud had a 67 and DeLaet, playing with Kuchar, had three back-nine bogeys before a birdie at No. 18 for a 69.
CHAMPIONS: In St. Louis, Kenny Perry had an eagle, five birdies and four bogeys, mixing spectacular shots with stumbles and doing enough of the right things for a 3-under 68 and a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Senior PGA Championship.
Perry, 52, was at 10 under overall at Bellerive Country Club, which held up fine after a rain delay of more than two hours before the last twosome of Perry and Russ Cochran teed off.
Two-time champion Jay Haas was second after closing with a pair of birdies for a 67. Cochran was three strokes back after rallying for two birdies on the back nine for an even-par 71.
LPGA: In Paradise Islands, Bahamas, Paola Moreno of Colombia played another bogey-free round on a 12-hole golf course to take the lead in the Bahamas LPGA Classic.
Playing in the final group, with the sun setting over the ocean along the eighth fairway, Moreno handled the wind and increasing darkness to make a simple par for a 4-under 41 and 9-under 81 total. That gave her a one-shot lead over Lindsey Wright, who had seven birdies for a 38. Cristie Kerr was among 10 players within three shots of the lead, though they won’t have as many holes to make up ground.
Because of flooding on the Ocean Club, the tournament is three rounds of 12 holes. The goal is to get in 36 holes by today to make it official.
Former Fort Wayne resident Amanda Blumenherst was at even-par 90 after shooting a 42.
EUROPEAN: In Virginia Water, England, Lee Westwood shot a 67 to move into second place, a stroke behind Alejandro Canizares, after three rounds of the third round of the BMW PGA Championship. Spain’s Canizares birdied his closing two holes to finish with a 68 at Wentworth for a 9-under 207.