Kuchar still leads at Colonial after long Saturday

Crowne Plaza Invitational

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Matt Kuchar hits a pitch shot on the eighth hole during the third round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial at Colonial Country Club on May 25, 2013 in Fort Worth. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)



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Posted on May 25, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Updated Saturday, May 25 at 8:11 PM

FORT WORTH — Matt Kuchar was 1-under for the day at the Crowne Plaza Invitational. It wasn't the best score in Saturday's third round, but it was enough — Kuchar stands at 11-under for the tournament, and holds a three-stroke lead going into the final day.

Mansfield's Martin Flores tied Martin Clark for the lowest score of the day, finishing 5 under with a 65. Boo Weekly and Matt Every shot 66; Chris Stroud had a 67; and Graham DeLaet, playing with Kuchar, had three back-nine bogeys before a birdie at No. 18 for a 69.

DeLeat led for much of the day, reaching 12-under after matching Kuchar with a birdie at the par 5 11th — but he then bogeyed holes 13, 14 and 17.

Kuchar won the WGC-Accenture Match Play in February, and is working to join Tiger Woods as the only multiple winner on this season's tour. Kuchar is a five-time winner, but never has been victorious twice in the same season.

There could be a lot of competition in the final round at Colonial, where 12 players are within three strokes of the lead. That dozen includes two-time (and defending) champion Zach Johnson, who is three strokes back at 8-under.

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