- Associated Press - Saturday, June 4, 2016

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - Matt Kuchar finished the third round of the Memorial in a share of the lead, just how he started Saturday.

If only it were that simple.

Kuchar fell off the pace quickly at Muirfield Village, rallied on the back nine and regained the lead after a 2 1/2-hour storm delay, then chopped the 18th hole for a bogey. It added to a 2-under 70 for the 2013 winner and a share of the lead with William McGirt (64) and Gary Woodland (69).

They were at 14-under 202, and with the starting times moved up Sunday because of a forecast for more storms, this was far from settled.

Jason Day, the No. 1 player and Muirfield Village member who has never finished in the top 25 at the Memorial, ran off two quick birdies to get within one of the lead, only to watch a chip roll back past him into the fairway on the 18th hole for a double bogey and a 68. He was three shots behind. Rory McIlroy was making headway until he dropped a shot at the last for a 70 that put him five back.

The other member of the modern Big Three never recovered from his mistakes. Jordan Spieth, after two quick birdies, went through a stretch of poor swings and missed putts, dropped four shots in a six-hole stretch. He had a 74 and was 10 behind.

Twenty players were separated by four shots going into the final round.


GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Karine Icher matched the Bay Course record with a 9-under 62 to take the second-round lead in the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

The 31-year-old French player, winless on the tour, had nine birdies in a 13-hole stretch in the round that started on No. 10 at Stockton Seaview. She tied the record on the Donald Ross-designed course set by Laura Davies in 2005 and matched by Jimin Kang that year and Jennifer Johnson in 2014.

Icher began the run on Nos. 14 and 15, added two more on 17 and 18, ran off four straight on 3-6 and reached 12 under on the eighth. She had only 23 putts in the lowest round of her LPGA Tour career.

Japan’s Haru Nomura, a two-time winner this year, and South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi were a stroke back at 11 under. Nomura had a 66, and Choi birdied five of the last eight in a 64. Defending champion Anna Nordqvist, tied for the first-round lead after a 64, had a 68 to drop to fourth at 10 under.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Billy Andrade broke the course record with a 9-under 63 for a share of the lead with Joe Durant and Todd Hamilton in the PGA Tour Champions’ Principal Charity Classic.

Durant had a 65, and Hamilton shot a 67 to match Andrade at 10-under 134 at the Wakonda Club.

Andrade broke the course record of 64 set by Bart Bryant in 2013 and matched by Bill Glasson in 2014. Andrade also tied the tournament record of 62 set by Kirk Triplett in 2012 at Glen Oaks.

Miguel Angel Jimenez (67) and Tom Lehman (68) were two strokes back, and Senior PGA winner Rocco Mediate (67) was 8 under along with Scott McCarron (68) and first-round leader John Inman (71).

John Daly, the senior newcomer who helped draw a record opening-round crowd on Friday, shot his second straight 74 to drop to 4 over.


STOCKHOLM (AP) - England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick shot a 4-under 68 to take a five-stroke lead into the final round of the Nordea Masters.

Fitzpatrick had a 15-under 201 total at Bro Hof Slott. He won the British Masters in November.

Sweden’s Alex Noren (67) and Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts (70) were tied for second. Noren won in 2011 at Bro Hof Slott and last year at PGA Sweden National.

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