Matt Kuchar will go into the final round of the U.S. Open with perhaps an insurmountable climb for his first major championship. The former Georgia Tech star completed Saturday’s third round at the Olympic Club in San Francisco with a 1-over par 71, putting him at 4-over par for the tournament.
Just before 10 p.m. EDT, Kuchar was in a tie for 15th, three strokes behind co-leaders Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell, who were nearing the completion of their rounds. Given that the course to that point had yielded one 66 since Thursday’s opening round – to Michael Thompson – and three 67’s, Kuchar’s hopes likely have faded. He has a lot of ground to make up with plenty of competitors to pass.
Again, the first three holes took a bite out of Kuchar. He bogeyed the par-4 second hole. Through three rounds, Kuchar has played the first three holes 5-over par and the other 15 1-under par. Holes 1-3 rank second, fifth and sixth, respectively, in difficulty this week.
Michael Thompson completed his round in 2-over to drop back to 10-over for the tournament, which at the time put him in a tie for 56th.
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog