Kooch Builds Lead to 4 Shots in Mexico

Matt Kuchar hasn’t won in four years, but he is playing like he hasn’t forgotten how to get it done.

The 40-year-old Kuchar, who has led almost from the start on Thursday, shot 6-under-par 65 to take a four-shot lead over Whee Kim of South Korea to the final round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic at El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Club http://www.mayakobagolf.com in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

“I can’t imagine doing better through 54 holes,” said Kuchar, who has won seven times on the PGA Tour but not since the 2014 RBC Heritage. “I did think about it today that it would be nice to get to 7-under to match my first two rounds. … I’ve felt really, really good for three days.

“This week it’s come together. It’s been very satisfying.”

Kooch, who has held at least a tie for the lead after starting with scores of 64-64, posted a 54-hole total of 20-under 193.

Kim birdied four of the last five holes on the front nine on his way to a 66, while Ricky Werenski and Danny Lee of New Zealand are five shots back in a tie for third after both shooting 67.

Aaron Wise of Lake Elsinore collected four birdies on each nine in a bogey-free 63 and is one more down in a tie for fifth with J.J. Spaun of Los Angeles and San Diego State, who finished at 65, and Cameron Champ of Sacramento, who wound up at 69.

Pat Perez of San Diego totaled 67 and is seven strokes behind in a tie for eighth with Adam Hadwin (68) of Canada, Abraham Ancer (67) of Mexico, Jim Furyk (66), Emiliano Grillo (67) of Argentina, Brice Garnett (65) and Anirban Lahiri (67) of India.

Ninth-ranked Rickie Fowler of Murrieta shot 69 and is in a tie for 22nd that includes defending champion Patton Kizzire, who came in at 72.

For complete results, visit https://www.pgatour.com/competition/2019/mayakoba-golf-classic/leaderboard.html

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