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MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT Final Round: Kuchar, Jobe finish strong week with 2nd place tie

Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar was having a nice final round at the Memorial Tournament on Sunday, 7 under par through 14 holes, and had just hit a perfectly placed tee shot on the par-5 15th when the bad weather horn sounded.

After a 2 hour, 34 minute wait, Kuchar had a difficult time getting back into his rhythm.

Kuchar ended up with three more pars and settled for a tie for second place with playing partner Brandt Jobe, one shot behind Steve Stricker.

2011 was the best finish in seven Memorials, and Kuchar is on a roll with four straight top-10 finishes.

He shot a 69 to start the tournament on Thursday and then garnered a 71, 68 and 65.

Kuchar has four runner-up finishes in 246 career starts on TOUR.

Kuchar moves to #4 in the FedExCup standings. The two-time All-American from Georgia Tech led the FedExCup standings during the first three weeks of the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup in 2010. It was the only time he led the FedExCup standings and finished second to winner Jim Furyk.

Brandt Jobe gets his first top-3 finish since the 2005 season. He has only three top-10 since 2006, all coming in the current season. He now has 20 career top 10′s on TOUR. Jobe has four-runner-up finishes in 283 starts on TOUR without a win.

Brandt Jobe jokes with media

This remarkable from Jobe, who two years ago was considering retirement. Last year, he returned to the Nationwide Tour at the age of 44.

In November of 2006, Jobe thought his golf career had ended while pushing a metal broom across his garage door. The broom had shattered in his hands and pieces of medal had sliced through his fingers.

Jobe placed pieces of his left thumb and index fingers in a plastic bag and took them to a plastic surgeon who reattached the parts of his nerve-damaged fingers.

The fact that he has come back his a big step forward.

Jobe took another big step in the final round of the Memorial Tournament to tie for second place, one shot behind the winner Steve Stricker, for his best tournament since finishing second in the 2005 International.

Jobe’s runner-up finish pushed him over the $1 million mark for just the second time in his 21-year career. He has three to-10′s in 17 events this season.

 

PHOTOS by Megasportsnews.com

 

 

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MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT 3rd round: Stricker has 3 stroke lead heading to final round

Steve Stricker (photo by megasportsnews.com)

Wisconsin native Steve Stricker is the man to catch on Sunday at the Memorial Tournament.

He has had a fantastic three rounds shooting a 68, 67 and 68 for a 12-under-par 204 and a three shot lead over his pal on the TOUR, Jonathan Byrd.

The 44-year-old Stricker, the world’s #8 golfer, Has competed in 11 Memorial Tournaments, and his best finish was a 13th in 1996.

To start his third round, Stricker recorded an eagle-2 on the 442-yard second hole with a 53 degree SW from 116 yards out. He followed three holes later with an eagle-3 on the 529-yard fifth hole. The last eagle on number-2 was by Chris Perry in 2001.

Stricker is the 13th player since 1983 to record eagles on a par-3, par-4 and par-5 in the same week (in stroke play events on TOUR). It is the first time in Memorial Tournament history. Rocco Mediate was the last to accomplish the feat at the 2010 Frys.com Open.

In Stricker’s first 592 holes this season he had two eagles. He has three in his last 20 holes.

Stricker is the only player in the field to post his opening three rounds in the 60′s. The last player to record four rounds in the 60′s at the Memorial was Bart Bryant on his way to the win in 2005 (69-69-66-68). Four rounds in the 60′s has only been accomplished eight times in Memorial Tournament history, with Fred Couples (1988 and 2004) the only player to do it twice. the others include Hal Sutton (1986), Paul Azinger (1993), Tom Lehman (1994), Steve Elkington (1995) and Tiger Woods (2001). Only Elkington and Couples, in 2004, did not win the tournament.

Stricker currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, home of the Badgers, but he is a University of Illinois alumnus.

He’s been on TOUR since 1990 and has 9 wins in the books.

He has won the PGA Tour’s comeback player of the year twice, in 2006 and 2007.

 

 

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MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT 3rd round: Byrd alone in 2nd at 9 under par

Jonathan Byrd (megasportsnews.com photo)

Jonathan Byrd, who has himself sitting all alone in second-place after three rounds of the Memorial, is looking for his first multiple win season on TOUR. He won the season-ending Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Byrd, has had a nice tournament with rounds of 71, 67 and 69 for a total of 9-under-par 207, three shots off the pace being set by leader Steve Stricker, who is one of his friends on TOUR.

Currently living in Sea Island, Georgia, Byrd has one bogey in his last 43 holes.

He is 12th in the FedExCup standings and can potentially take over the lead with a win in the Memorial. Byrd led the standings the first three weeks of the season.

The 33-year-old Byrd, ranked 41 in the world, has played in eight Memorial Tournaments over the years and his best finish was a third-place tie in 2009.

The Clemson University product was named the 2002 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year and has five wins on TOUR.

 

 

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MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT 2nd round: Stricker takes control with hole-in-one

 

Steve Stricker chats with media (megasportsnews.com photo)

Steve Stricker is the world’s number 8 golfer, but most fans can’t believe that he is that good, but he is.

He is one of those golfers who is quiet and with hardly any flair of fanfare.

In Friday’s second round, he used a strong finish to his day on the course with late hole-in-one which helped him take a three-stroke lead at the halfway point of the Memorial.

His ace, on the 185-yard number 8 hole, his next to last, gave him a 5-under-par run on the final five holes for Stricker, who finished with a 5-under-par 67 and 9-under total for the first two rounds.

On the day, Stricker hit 12 of 14 fairways (79 percent) and 15 of 18 greens in regulation (72 percent).

Stricker extended his made cuts streak to 33 this week at the Memorial.

Ricky Barnes with a 70 and Rory McIlroy 72 share second place.

Without Tiger, Memorial has six of top 10 golfers in 2011 lineup

 

 

(courtesy of Memorial Tournament)

Tiger Woods will not play in the 2011 Memorial Tournament but six of the top 10 golfers in the world ranking will play at Muirfield Village Golf Club.

The field of 120 players will include Luke Donald, Matt Kuchar, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and Steve Stricker.

Woods did not enter the tournament after aggravating injuries to his left knee and Achilles tendon during the Players Championship two weeks ago.

Schwartzel will be the only reigning major champion in the field.

There are three former Memorial winners who are now playing on the Champions Tour that will play this year, Kenny Perry, a three-time champion, Tom Lehman and Fred Couples.

The tournament officially starts on Thursday.

The ceremony honoring 2011 honoree Nancy Lopez starts this afternoon (Tuesday, May 31) at 3 p.m.

The Nationwide Invitational pro-am is at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

You can follow the tournament and get news online at memorialtournament.com.

 

Info courtesy of the Memorial Tournament & PGA Tour

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