Kuchar’s chances dim with 71

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

23 comments Add your comment

Alex

June 16th, 2012
9:58 pm

Alex

June 16th, 2012
9:58 pm

Alex

June 16th, 2012
9:59 pm

Kuuuuuuuuuuuuch! Class act!

Supersize that order, mutt

June 16th, 2012
10:08 pm

I know the chances are slim, but if Kuch has a good final round, and those ahead of him don’t, he CAN still win it. Regardless 4 or 5 strokes back ain’t so bad :)

GT GRAD

June 16th, 2012
10:49 pm

ome on man……he is tied for 14th place!

He still has a chance to win!

GTBob

June 16th, 2012
10:55 pm

If he shot 3 or 4 under tomorrow he could still win. That course is stupidly hard so there is no telling what will happen.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 16th, 2012
10:57 pm

Saying he is in 14th place is actually a little deceptive. The fact that he is only 5 strokes back right now and there are ties in most of those higher places, could just as easily mean he is in a tie for 5th place. A 5 stroke lead is not insurmountable, if everything falls into place. The Olympic Course playing like it does, coupled with the scores that have been posted thus far, makes that unlikely. But it IS still possible.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 16th, 2012
10:58 pm

@ GTBob……EXACTLY.

Techie

June 17th, 2012
7:12 am

I’d love to see him win, but I don’t see it happening. He’d have to shoot at least 4 under, with the 14 mostly elite players ahead of him all shooting over par.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 17th, 2012
7:59 am

@ Techie…..the golfers ahead of Kuch are no more “elite” than him. A couple of them are previous Open winners, but they’re not exactly household names in golf. Ernie Els is the closest to “elite” in that bunch. Tiger is tied with Kuch, and he’s definitely not the golfer he once was. ANYTHING can happen. Not saying it will, but…….

5150 UOAD

June 17th, 2012
10:07 am

Happy Fathers Day to all the Dwag players and recruits.

5150 UOAD

June 17th, 2012
10:09 am

They make the US OPEN a Mind F..K for a reason. These guys are usually -8 by today but not at the US OPEN. This course Plays with EVERY Golfers mind.

ben on the flats

June 17th, 2012
12:10 pm

5150 your sense of humor is terrible

Really?

June 17th, 2012
1:44 pm

5150 is a perfect example of how classy ga text fans are. Any Georgia player that has a child supports her better than 5150 will ever support his own progeny. If only he could comprehend what irony means.

Go to the north avenue trade school and become filled with hate and one day you can build and sell birdhouses too. LOL LOL LOL LOL

5150 UOAD

June 17th, 2012
2:19 pm

Really?
June 13th, 2012
9:49 am

Rodney?…….When’s the last time you blogged about a show with substance? Ever blog about Frontline? Oh yeah….it’s not about substance….It’s about page hits.

Do you really feel good about your job? Do you honestly feel you contribute to the human race?

Really? calling somebody out?

Supersize that order, mutt

June 17th, 2012
3:05 pm

Really? You are a fine one to talk about class, when all you do is log into these blogs and post lies about Tech. I’m still waiting for you to provide documentation of any drug or steroid use by Alford, which you claimed in countless posts which you made concerning him last week. Of course, I know why you haven’t provided any such documentations—-it’s because there isn’t any. It’s all a lie which you fabricated in your tiny little excuse for a brain and maliciously posted, presumably for your own amusement. If either of your parental units provided any kind of support for you, it was definitely wasted. You are a deluded, lying POS.

Dawg48

June 17th, 2012
5:23 pm

What’s up guys? Happy dads day!

Really?

June 17th, 2012
5:24 pm

Your anger is misplaced. The ajc refuses to properly cover the story about the tech player and his steroid rage. I like ken and think he is a good journalist with a crappy beat but (no offense intended) the guy never even commented on the story so do you really think the ajc has even investigated what went on at all?

A football player drives to the city of his main rival and in some type of drug fueled mania attacks two cops and it barely gets a mention in the ajc 3 days after his arrest? I guess multiple stories running consecutive days about a high school player decommiting from Georgia took precedent. We all know if that steroid crazed techie had been a Georgia player, there would have been a story every day since the assaults by the Georgia beat writer as well as every other sports blogger at the ajc.

5150 UOAD

June 17th, 2012
5:55 pm

48 I tried to call………….

5150 UOAD

June 17th, 2012
5:58 pm

48 what UP?
you have no VM?
How can I let you put your hands in may pockets when you are COLD or looking for a Snickers bar? LOL answer your cell.

Dawg48

June 17th, 2012
6:03 pm

5150, Im sitting here with my JR buddies. First time they get a win I 4 years.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 17th, 2012
6:13 pm

Really? you STILL haven’t provide any evidence whatsoever to support your scurrilous claims. Did the Athens newspaper have anything about the case? Please give us a link to that, because I am sure they didn’t sit back and ignore a Tech athlete (although non-scholarship walkon who never sniffed the field) getting in trouble in Athens. If you can’t give any verifiable documentation to support your claim, then STFU !!!!

Supersize that order, mutt

June 17th, 2012
6:15 pm

Really? ….. I repeat what I said before and on other occasions……you are an arrogant, ignorant PIECE OF SH!T