After shooting consecutive rounds of 65 over the first two days of the Crowne Plaza Invitational, Matt Kuchar shot a 69 in his third round. That was still good enough to give him a one shot lead over Matt Every, Chris Stroud, Boo Weekley and Graham DeLaet.
Kuch hit a bit of a rough patch halfway through the round when he bogeyed the seventh and eighth holes in succession. Just like a true professional, however, he didn’t let that faze him as he bounced back with a birdie at number 11. While his card wasn’t as clean as it was over the first two days of the event, he still did enough to hold on to the lead. He could have been a shot or two better, as well, as he had a few close calls on chip shots including one on 13 that just lipped out.
The consummate professional, Kuchar is one of the more underrated golfers on the PGA Tour. He’s widely respected, but it seems as if people forget about how often he is contention until they see his name near the top of the leaderboard late in the week. And more often than not, his name can be found within a few shots of the leaders. I think the reason he’s forgotten is because he’s not flashy – he just goes about his business and doesn’t make many waves.
This event is by no means wrapped up, especially considering there 22 golfers within four shots of the lead. That group includes some serious talent, including two-time (and defending champion) Zach Johnson.