Kuchar surges to four-stroke lead in Mexico

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(Reuters) – Matt Kuchar, seeking his first win in four years, grabbed a four-stroke third-round lead with another dominating performance at the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico on Saturday.

Kuchar rolled in seven birdies to shoot 65 as he dipped to 20-under-par 193 at the El Camaleon in Playa del Carmen.

South Korean Whee Kim held second on 197 after a five-under 66 with American Richy Werenski and New Zealand’s Danny Lee a stroke back. Both shot 67s.

Kuchar, after back-to-back 64s, made sure he stayed in front with four birdies in his first eight holes. He got to six under with consecutive birdies at the 12th and 13th holes before his only bogey of the day at 14 after missing the fairway.

But the American, whose last win came in April 2014 at the RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, rebounded with a birdie at 15, then closed out the round with three consecutive pars.

Whee also birdied the 15th, his fifth of the day.

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