Matt Kuchar went backwards Friday, shooting a 3-over par 73 at the U.S. Open to drop from a tie for seventh to a tie for 9th going into Saturday’s third round at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. At 3-over par, Kuchar is four shots behind co-leaders Jim Furyk, David Toms and Tiger Woods.
Kuchar will tee off Saturday at 5:15 EDT with Jason Dufner.
Friday, starting the day at even par, Kuchar opened with a double-bogey 6 on the first hole and failed to generate momentum to recover. He bogeyed again at No. 3. After three pars and a birdie, he bogeyed No. 8 to fall back to 3-over. The former Georgia Tech star was a pre-tournament favorite to win his first major tournament.
Of the three other former Tech players in the field, two missed the cut, which was 8-over par.
Stewart Cink followed an opening 77 with a 75 to put him in a tie for 136th at 12-over. Roberto Castro completed his two rounds in 9-over par, missing the cut by a stroke. After birdieing at No. 17 to get to the cut line, Castro gave the shot back with a bogey at No. 18 to miss out on the weekend.
Nicholas Thompson made the cut at 8-over.
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog