How it Happened: Kuchar's steady final round seals Memorial

Matt Kuchar during the final round of the 2013 Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village.

Matt Kuchar during the final round of the 2013 Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village.

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Matt Kuchar quietly worked his way to the top of the leaderboard during a windy Saturday at the Memorial Tournament, and teed off in the final group off No. 1 Sunday.

It allowed him to keep an eye on his closest challengers, as nobody other than Kevin Chappell or Kyle Stanley mounted a serious charge, save perhaps for Scott Stallings.

Kuchar led by multiple shots most of the day, but Chappell made him earn things on 18 with a terrific second shot – yet Kuchar sank his birdie putt from about 20 feet for the victory.

Tiger Woods, coming off a 79 that caught everyone off guard and was his second over-par round in a row at a tournament he has won five times, shot par and finished near the back of the field. Rory McIlroy also shot par Sunday to end a disappointing week.

Recap the top action of the day here – and scroll down for our coverage earlier this week at Muirfield Village.

• • •

Update No. 32: 5:59 p.m.

Leader Matt Kuchar is away, and lags his 20 footer – on the perfect line, at that, and it falls in the front lip for a 68 and the win by two. Kevin Chappell's impressive second shot is for naught, but he sinks his birdie putt nonetheless.

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Update No. 31: 5:49 p.m.

Kevin Chappell and leader Matt Kuchar both find the 18th fairway, setting up somewhat of a duel to the finish (albeit one with a two-stroke advantage for Kuchar). Kuchar hits it safely on the green and about 20 feet from the pin. Chappell takes aim and fires a dart to about two feet – seemingly forcing the leader to two-putt for the win.

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Update No. 30: 5:42 p.m.

Matt Kuchar makes par while Kevin Chappell birdies at No. 17, shrinking the lead to two shots heading to the day's final hole. Kyle Stanley makes bogey to drop to 7 under, alone in third and a shot ahead of Bill Haas and Scott Stallings.

Haas pars No. 18 to finish with a 71, his third under-par round during a week that was sullied by his 76 Saturday.

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Update No. 29: 5:37 p.m.

Adam Scott finishes birdie-par for a 73, heading to the clubhouse T-13 at 3 under.

After Scott Stallings' 67, the best rounds among top-10 finishers are 69s for Russell Henley and Michael Thompson. Leader Matt Kuchar can match that mark with a pair of pars to end that day.

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Update No. 28: 5:23 p.m.

Leader Matt Kuchar bogeys as Kevin Chappell and Kyle Stanley par the 16th, reducing the lead to three shots.

Second-round leader Bill Haas is three under for his last five holes after a birdie at the 17th, getting his round under par for the first time today. He's 6 under, T-4 with Scott Stallings, heading to the last.

Rory McIlroy ends his day with a birdie and a pair of pars for a 72, 6 over for the week.

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Update No. 27: 5:14 p.m.

Matt Kuchar birdies No. 15 to stretch his lead to four shots with three to play. Kevin Chappell also birdies to tie Kyle Stanley for second at 8 under.

TIGER TRACKER: Tiger Woods finishes with four straight pars for a 72, ending the week 8 over.

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Update No. 26: 4:34 p.m.

Scott Stallings bogeys the last to finish with a 67, the low round of the day along with James Driscoll. Stallings heads to the clubhouse alone in fourth at 6 under. Leader Matt Kuchar's only legitimate challengers at this point are playing partners Kyle Stanley (four back) and Kevin Chappell (five back).

TIGER TRACKER: Tiger Woods booms one down the fairway at the par-5 No. 7 hole, then gets greenside in two.

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Update No. 25: 4:26 p.m.

Kyle Stanley tries to get back into the race here, sticking his tee shot at the par-3 No. 13 about five feet from the pin. His putt lips out and he taps in for par.

Leader Matt Kuchar lags close and taps in for par. Kevin Chappell – who had 12 straight pars to start his day – makes about a 20-footer for birdie to move to 7 under.

TIGER TRACKER: Tiger Woods makes par at No. 6 to remain 8 over; he's got 3 left to play.

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Update No. 24: 4:04 p.m.

Leader Matt Kuchar lags nicely at the par-3 No. 12 hole, rapping in for par. Kyle Stanley come up about five feet short and faces a challenge for his par to keep pace, making the putt.

TIGER TRACKER: Tiger Woods birdies again, reaching the par-5 No. 5 hole in two and two-putting. He's 8 over for the week with four to play.

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Update No. 23: 3:54 p.m.

Leader Matt Kuchar birdies at No. 11 in textbook fashion to move to 11 under. It's a two-shot swing for Kuchar, as playing partner Kyle Stanley finds No. 11, missing the green well wide in three shots and making bogey to extend Kuchar's lead to three shots.

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Update No. 22: 3:49 p.m.

After rattling off six birdies in seven holes, Scott Stallings runs off five straight pars to remain 7 under. With three holes left for him to play, Stallings is three back of leader Matt Kuchar.

TIGER TRACKER: Tiger Woods hits it to about 15 feet at the par-3 No. 4, then rolls his birdie putt in to move back to 9 over with five holes to play.

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Update No. 21: 3:32 p.m.

Leader Matt Kuchar and Kyle Stanley, playing in the same group, par Nos. 9 and 10 to remain a stroke apart.

Charl Schwartzel falls to 1 over for the day with a double bogey at No. 11.

TIGER TRACKER: Tiger Woods finds the fairway, then misses the green at No. 3. He can't get up and down and bogeys to drop back to 10 over.

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Update No. 20: 3:14 p.m.

Another birdie – his fourth in five holes – pushes Kyle Stanley to 9 under, within a shot of leader Matt Kuchar.

TIGER TRACKER: Tiger Woods also snares another birdie. He's got three in his last six holes to move to 9 over.

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Update No. 19: 3:03 p.m.

At No. 8, Kyle Stanley gets his third birdie in four holes to move to 8 under, again within 2 shots of leader Matt Kuchar.

TIGER TRACKER: Tiger Woods misses the green at No. 1 but gets up and down for par to remain 2 over today, 10 over for the week.

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Update No. 18: 2:51 p.m.

Leader Matt Kuchar is taking advantage of the par 5s and birdies his second in three holes, getting his eagle putt close on the low side and tapping in. He moves to 10 under with a three-shot lead again.

Luke Donald's back-and-forth day takes quite a forward turn with three straight birdies on Nos. 4-6 getting him to 2 under for the week with three holes left to play.

TIGER TRACKER: Tiger Woods again finds the fairway, keeping his tee-shot miscues to a minimum. He then finds the green and has a long birdie putt of about 25 feet. He gets good speed on this one but it slides by and he settles for par to remain 10 over as he heads to Muirfield Village's first hole.

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Update No. 17: 2:40 p.m.

Matt Jones makes his first birdie of the day at No. 7 to rise to 6 under and T-3.

TIGER TRACKER: Tiger Woods makes his birdie putt at No. 17, his second in three holes, to improve to 10 over.

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Update No. 16: 2:31 p.m.

Kyle Stanley notches back-to-back birdies at the 5th and 6th to get to 7 under, tied for second with Scott Stallings.

Charl Schwartzel birdies No. 8 to move to 5 under.

Rory McIlroy's string of pars to open the day ends at seven after he bogeys No. 17. He drops to 7 over.

TIGER TRACKER: Tiger Woods might be piecing things back together here a bit. He finds the fairway and hits his approach to about 10 feet for a birdie look.

• • •

Update No. 15: 2:19 p.m.

Matt Kuchar reaches the green in two at the par-5 No. 5, with about 35 feet for eagle. He two-putts for birdie to return to 9 under. Scott Stallings keeps pace with a birdie at No. 10 to move to 7 under, alone in second as Kevin Chappell makes his fifth straight par of the day.

TIGER TRACKER: Tiger Woods finds the green at the par-3 No. 16, lags a long putt and makes his short one for par to remain 11 over.

• • •

Update No. 14: 2:02 p.m.

Justin Rose moves to T-2 and 6 under with an eagle at No. 5.

TIGER TRACKER: Tiger Woods' approach from the No. 15 fairway is just right, one of the few approach shots he's hit this week to fit that description. He'll have a 5-footer or less for birdie – and rolls it in to drop a bit to 11 under.

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Update No. 13: 1:53 p.m.

Matt Kuchar's lead narrows a bit, with a three-putt bogey at No. 4. He drops to 8 under and leads by two over Kevin Chappell and Scott Stallings, whose birdie run ends with a par at No. 9.

Adam Scott double-bogeys No. 4 and bounces back a bit with a birdie at the next; he's T-9 at 3 under.

Charl Schwartzel, who led after the first round and briefly Saturday, erases bogeys at Nos. 2-3 with an eagle at No. 5. He's even today and T-6 at 4 under.

TIGER TRACKER: Tiger Woods' tee ball lands in the right rough at No. 15 – a hole where he has carded a 7 each of the last two days. He lays up and leaves himself a wedge into the green.

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Update No. 12: 1:41 p.m.

Five birdies in a row now for Scott Stallings, who pulls to T-2 and 6 under after a two at the par-3 8th. He's three back of leader Matt Kuchar and tied with Kevin Chappell. Stallings is coming off a T-4 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, a finish that matched his season-best at the Humana Challenge in January.

TIGER TRACKER: Tiger Woods gets it into the fairway again on No. 14. He once again struggles with his approach shot, however, missing the front of the green yet settling on the bank above the water. His chip shot comes up short and leaves him with about 3 feet for par. He missees that one low and raps one in for bogey to fall to 12 over.

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Update No. 11: 1:32 p.m.

Kyle Stanley falls from T-2 after hitting his second shot in the water on No. 3 and making bogey to slip to 5 under.

Rory McIlroy has opened with four straight pars to remain 6 over.

TIGER TRACKER: Tiger Woods has about 12 feet or so here for birdie at No. 13, but leaves it well high and runs it about 3 feet past yet again. His comebacker falls for another par as he remains 11 over for the week.

• • •

Update No. 10: 1:24 p.m.

Scott Stallings birdies again at No. 7 to get to 5 under.

TIGER TRACKER: Tiger Woods finds the fairway at the par-4 No. 13 and follows with a fine second shot to the center of the green, giving himself a makeable birdie attempt.

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Update No. 9: 1:09 p.m.

Scott Stallings has had some hot streaks this week, and another is going as he birdies three in a row, Nos. 4-6, to get to 4 under.

TIGER TRACKER: Tiger Woods finds the back bunker at the par-3 No. 12, where he made double bogey from the front bunker yesterday, and again ends up with a tough stance. His second shot doesn't get out of the sand, in fact. His next attempt comes to rest in the fringe across the green. Tiger putts from there, catches the lip and runs a couple of feet past the hole. He misses his comebacker, again catching the lip strong and running a couple of feet past. This time he sinks the putt – carding his second triple bogey in as many days and falling to 11 over.

• • •

Update No. 8: 1:01 p.m.

Matt Kuchar gets out to a great start, stretching his lead to three shots with a birdie. He's 9 under, while Kevin Chappell and Kyle Stanley par to remain 6 under.

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Update No. 7: 12:51 p.m.

Adam Scott follows his birdie with a bogey after driving his ball in the rough and missing the green at the par-4 No. 2; he slides back to 4 under.

The final group is off and has started its round.

TIGER TRACKER: Tiger Woods' long birdie attempt comes up about well short, but he makes the remaining 5-footer for par to stay at 8 over.

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Update No. 6: 12:40 p.m.

Adam Scott opens with a birdie – from the fairway bunker – to move the reigning Masters champion to T-4 at 5 under.

TIGER TRACKER: Tiger Woods' tee shot at No. 11 finds the steep bank of the creek that runs along the hole, and he's forced to lay up to the fairway. His third shot finds the green and he'll face a long birdie roll on this par 5.

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Update No. 5: 12:31 p.m.

Rory McIlroy starts out with par to remain 7 over.

TIGER TRACKER: Tiger's birdie putt slides by just low, forcing him to settle for par to remain 8 over.

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Update No. 5: 12:21 p.m.

Ryan Moore moves to 3 under and T-11 with birdies at Nos. 2-3.

TIGER TRACKER: Tiger Woods begins his day at No. 10 and finds the fairway, which really hasn't been the crux of his troubles the last two days. He then fires at the pin and hits it to about 8 feet, giving himself a chance to card a birdie right out of the gate and put the 74-79 of his last two rounds behind him.

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Update No. 4: 12:16 p.m.

Michael Thompson is even through two holes, and it's curious to wonder if he knows his Alabama Crimson Tide just won the NCAA Championship 4-1 over Illinois in the match-play final. (Recap the action there with our NCAA Tracker.)

• • •

Update No. 3: 11:58 a.m.

Jason Day and Luke Guthrie add early birdies at Nos. 10 and 11, respectively, as 10 golfers have gained a stroke early today.

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Update No. 2: 11:46 a.m.

Stewart Cink and James Driscoll birdie the par-5 No. 11 hole to get to 1 over for the week.

K.J. Choi and Trevor Immelmann start their days with three straight pars to remain even for the tournament.

Jordan Spieth took a minute during prep for his tee time today for a little levity to his week's plight (he's 11 over after a third-round 82), posting on Twitter:

@JordanSpieth: "Well.. Last tee time on Sunday at The Memorial.. But off number 10 ... Oops"

• • •

Update No. 1: 11:33 a.m.

David Hearn birdies No. 2 to add his name to the list of golfers who have moved to 1 under early today. Luke Donald pars No. 11 in textbook fashion to steady himself a bit.

• • •

Early risers

Roberto Castro, Graham DeLaet, Ernie Els and Hunter Mahan each have an early birdie. Els is even for the week and the rest are 1 under.

• • •

Slow starters

Luke Donald double-bogeyed No. 10 to start his day and is 3 over for the week.

• • •

Weather conditions

It's cloudy and 71 to start play, with a chance of showers in the early afternoon and again in the late afternoon, accordiing to accuweather.com's forecast – but Muirfield Village avoided stoppages yesterday, so we'll see. Temperatures are forecast to reach the mid to upper 70s.

• • •

Saturday's coverage

Jeff Rude: With 79, Tiger goes from tune-up mode to tuned out at Memorial

Tiger Woods came to the Memorial for a final U.S. Open tuneup looking for his fifth victory of the 2013 PGA Tour season. Instead, he got the highest nine-hole score of his pro career.

5 Things: Leader Kuchar, Henry among few risers in third round

Third-round leader Matt Kuchar made five birdies against just three bogeys in windy conditions, while J.J. Henry was one of the few to break 70 in the Memorial on Saturday.

U.S. Open qualifier withdrawals begin coming in, several from notable pros

The withdrawals are starting to come in for Monday’s 36-hole qualifier for the U.S. Open at Merion – including well-known names such as John Cook, Jay Haas and Tim Herron.

How it Happened: At Memorial, Kuchar moves up; Tiger sinks

The leaders have ended their day on the course, while Tiger Woods faltered. Recap the top action of Saturday's third round at Memorial, with players in threesomes due to this week's weather at Muirfield Village.

• • •

Friday's coverage

Rude: Tiger's flaws resurface at unlikely spot, Memorial

It is quite surprising that Tiger Woods is 10 shots off the midway lead at the Memorial – normally one to dominate par 5s, he is an uncharacteristic even par in eight tries at Muirfield Village.

5 Things: Haas carries new load at Memorial; Guan misses cut

Once a carrier of clubs for his father at Muirfield, Bill Haas is now letting them do the talking for him; Bo Van Pelt makes helpful changes; Guan Tianlang misses the cut.

How it Happened: Haas leads; Tiger struggles; McIlroy squeezes past cut line

Recap all the second-round action from the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village – and see where Tiger Woods' morning round went wrong while Bill Haas passed first-day leader Charl Schwartzel.

Watney struggles at Memorial; Harmon notices – and tells Twitter goodbye

Nick Watney's score of 15 over for two rounds at the Memorial Tournament was surprising – as were coach Butch Harmon's comments via Twitter during Friday's second round.

Acey-deucy for Aussie: Dodt jars two during European Tour round

Australian Andrew Dodt is the first on the European Tour to record two holes-in-one during the same round.

• • •

Thursday's coverage

Rude: Tiger-vs.-Rory rivalry isn't building at this rate

Of all that happened Thursday at Muirfield Village – Charl Schwartzel’s leading 65, Tiger Woods losing to 53-year-old Fred Couples (70) and barely beating 14-year-old Tianlang Guan – Rory McIlroy’s bad day might be most compelling.

5 Things: Piercy thinks, Bradley booms in Memorial first round

Brains prevailed over brawn for Scott Piercy off the tee, while Keegan Bradley's distances impressed Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples during the first round of the Memorial.

How it Happened: Schwartzel leads Memorial, Tiger lurks

Tiger Woods started his pursuit of a sixth Memorial title quietly but on the right foot Thursday, while Charl Schwartzel fired a 65 early to earn the first-round lead.

Goosen WDs from U.S. Open; spot added to sectional qualifying

Away from Muirfield Village, Retief Goosen has withdrawn from the 2013 U.S. Open Championship with a back injury. The U.S. Golf Association announced Goosen’s withdrawal Thursday. He was fully exempt into the event.

Nike unveils VR Forged wedges

Nike's new VR Forged wedges expand the VR family of clubs and offer three distinct sole grinds designed to accommodate various course conditions and shot-making demands.

TaylorMade to release R1 Black driver

Heeding consumer demand for a more conventional look, TaylorMade will begin offering its white R1 driver in an all-black version. The R1 Black hits select retailers beginning June 10.

• • •

Pre-tournament coverage

Nicklaus' scouting report on Merion: Don't hold back

Among the annual rituals at the Memorial: A “World According to Jack” address that's among the most interesting staples in golf – because of what is being said and who is weighing in.

Derek Ernst charts a tough course toward U.S. Open

When was the last time a PGA Tour tournament winner was forced to tee it up at a local qualifier for the U.S. Open in the same calendar year or another player ranked 123rd in the world was ineligible for an Open Championship qualifier? Derek Ernst fits the bill on both counts.

No surprise here: Tiger overwhelming favorite at Memorial

Four wins in 2013. Five wins at Memorial. So it is no shock that Tiger Woods would register as the favorite this week at the house that Jack Nicklaus built. A look at our predictions.

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