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SportKuchar shares lead on low-scoring day at Scottish Open

00:20  12 july  2019
00:20  12 july  2019 Source:   ap.org

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Kuchar opens up on 'really tough' controversial year Matt Kuchar has found success on the PGA Tour again this season — but that success has come with plenty of negative attention. Kuchar, who grabbed his first Tour win since 2014 at the beginning of the season, had his “nice-guy reputation” questioned after a controversy following his win at the Mayakoba Classic. Kuchar paid his temporary caddie just $5,000 after winning nearly $1.3 million and then later doubled down on his move to do so, saying he didn’t “lose sleep over this.” Kuchar eventually settled the dispute with his caddie and paid him $50,000.

English pair Ian Poulter and Callum Shinkwin share the Scottish Open lead with Australian Andrew Dodt after a wet and windy third round. His countryman Andy Sullivan shot the lowest score of the day , a five under par 67, to leave him two shots adrift.

Kuchar , who three holes earlier had led the 146th British Open , all of a sudden trailed by two with two to play. Kuchar is 39 and regarded, now more than ever, as one of golf’s best without a major. He led the Open by one after Jordan Spieth hit a drive a mile right on the 13th hole and made bogey.

Kuchar shares lead on low-scoring day at Scottish Open© APWF Matt Kuchar reacts after saving par on the 14th hole during the third round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Saturday, June 15, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) Matt Kuchar shot an 8-under 63 on Thursday to share the lead with three players in a low-scoring opening round at the Scottish Open.

Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas, the highest-ranked players in the field, opened with 67s - a score only slightly better than the field average on a day when 118 players broke par at The Renaissance Club, which was softened by heavy early-morning rain.

Kuchar, who has two previous top-four finishes at the Scottish Open, made two eagles on his first nine and ran off four birdies in five holes to reach 9 under before bogeying his last hole of the day, the par-3 ninth.

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Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open . 16 Jul. Jordan Spieth shot a 65 to take a three-stroke lead over Matt Kuchar , who shot a 66. On an easier day of scoring , Branden Grace scored 62, breaking the long-standing men's major championship record of 63.[18] There were also low rounds

Kuchar on Friday at the Genesis Open . Photo by Harry How/Getty Images. Reports on the ground at the Genesis Open on Friday revealed that Kuchar was hearing it from the fans throughout his opening round alongside Jon Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau.

''Conditions were pretty easy when we started the round. Still, 8-under on a links golf course, I didn't see those kind of scores for myself, or even for anybody,'' Kuchar said. ''Wind picked up there the last two hours. It was challenging. I was awfully glad to keep the ball in play and I snuck in a couple eagles, which were awfully helpful.''

He was joined atop the leaderboard by Romain Wattel, Nino Bertasio and Edoardo Molinari.

The leading three players not exempt for the British Open who finish inside the top 10 will earn spots in the field next week at Royal Portrush. Wattel, Bertasio and Molinari - whose brother Francesco is the defending champion - have yet to qualify.

Lee Slattery, Erik Van Rooyen, Thomas Pieters, Andy Sullivan, Jamie Donaldson, Kalle Samooja and Thomas Aiken had 64s. Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter were among those at 65.

Rickie Fowler, who won at nearby Gullane in 2015, struggled to a 71.

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