Matt Kuchar joins Camilo Villegas in the lead

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November 5, 2023
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Matt Kuchar led by six strokes through fourteen holes but a quadruple bogey at the par-4 15th followed by a bogey at the par-3 16th left him with a 67 and a share of the lead at 19-under at the World Wide Technology Championship.

"I'm playing some good golf, I'm very pleased with the state of my game. I had it rolling nicely, it was a lot of fun out there.

"One bad swing is probably all I made. That drive on 15, tried to ride the wind. I'm not typically one to try to hit draws and I hit a hook in the junk, and then from there 15 can kind of creep up and kind of get you.

"I thought I hit a decent approach and wind took it left of the green. I think everybody saw that. But that's one you have circled, like that's a bad spot. There wasn't much I could do with my first two shots. It was a place where I was just in a bad situation, bad lies, bad everything. Ended up walking off with an 8.

"Up and down for bogey on the next. I think the 16th hole is a really cool hole, that par-3. I ended up making a bogey, but I really like the hole. Shape of the green, I really like it. It played tough today into the wind. I was awfully pleased, it looked like I was going to make a mess of that hole as well and awfully pleased I made an eight- or 10-footer there. That to me was kind of one I'll be awfully pleased about and proud about when I think about this round. I feel like that kind of allowed me to keep some positivity going on this day."

It is the American's eleventh career 54-hole lead/co-lead on the PGA Tour, he went on to win at four of them. With a win on Sunday he would be the oldest Tour winner since Phil Mickelson at the 2021 PGA Championship (50 years, 11 months, 7 days).

36-hole leader Camilo Villegas of Colombia tied his career-low 54-hole score at 197 for his third career 54-hole lead/co-lead on Tour.

"Today was an interesting day, a little different than the first two. Putter wasn't as hot, but I think overall it was positive. I mean, I'm in the final group tomorrow, that's good. Emotionally I was pretty at peace on the golf course and made great birdies on No. 15 and 16, probably two of the holes that were playing the toughest. Matt was kind of running away, but golf is weird and he came back to us. We'll be back tomorrow, play good, keep staying aggressive. There's a lot of low scores on this golf course, see what
happens."

Making his 11th start of the season and just his second since the RBC Canadian Open in June, Villegas could become the first player to win while competing on a sponsor exemption since Martin Laird at the 2020 Shriners Children’s Open. His best finish of the season was T48 at the Puerto Rico Open.

Kuchar (45) and Villegas (41) are the first players age 40 or older to share the 54-hole lead in the same Tour event since Ben Crane (41) and Stewart Cink (44) at the 2017 FedEx St. Jude Classic.

South African Erik van Rooyen carded a 66 to take solo third place at 18-under.

Americans Will Gordon (67) and Justin Suh (68) are tied in fourth place at 17-under alongside Canada's Mackenzie Hughes who closed with a bogey-free 63.

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T1Matt Kuchar-19656567197
3Erik van Rooyen-18686466198
T4Mackenzie Hughes-17716563199
T4Will Gordon-17696367199
T4Justin Suh-17666568199
T7Patton Kizzire-15696963201
T7Scott Piercy-15666867201
T7Michael Kim-15646968201
T7Carson Young-15696468201
T7Kramer Hickok-15656769201
T12Lucas Herbert-14696766202
T12Ryan Palmer-14716665202
T12Sam Ryder-14696964202
T12Adam Long-14696667202
T12Jeffrey Kang-14656869202
T17Austin Eckroat-13696965203
T17Davis Thompson-13666869203
T17Nate Lashley-13647069203
T17Doug Ghim-13686570203
T21Kevin Tway-12676968204
T21Andrew Putnam-12686967204
T21Tano Goya-12647466204
T21Cameron Champ-12686769204
T21Taylor Montgomery-12696669204
T21Cameron Percy-12627270204
T21Chesson Hadley-12666672204
T28Taylor Pendrith-11726667205
T28Brent Grant-11686770205
T28Brandon Wu-11696670205
T28Akshay Bhatia-11696670205
T28Beau Hossler-11667267205
T28Ben Griffin-11687067205
T28Thomas Detry-11716866205
T28Ludvig Åberg-11686572205
T28Martin Trainer-11697066205
T37James Hahn-10696770206
T37Nick Hardy-10706769206
T37Ryan Moore-10686969206
T37Robby Shelton-10706670206
T37Max McGreevy-10686870206
T37Richy Werenski-10706670206
T37MJ Daffue-10696968206
T37Luke List-10667268206
T37Lanto Griffin-10696671206
T37Peter Malnati-10736667206
T37Matti Schmid-10656873206
T37Justin Lower-10656873206
T37Roberto Díaz-10706967206
T37Nico Echavarria-10677267206
T37Stephan Jaeger-10666575206
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T52Austin Smotherman-9696771207
T52Hayden Buckley-9716571207
T52Adam Svensson-9716769207
T52Martin Laird-9696969207
T52Austin Cook-9726768207
T52Vince Whaley-9736668207
T59Chase Johnson-8676972208
T59Brian Stuard-8706870208
T59Lucas Glover-8696772208
T62Russell Knox-7687071209
T62Kelly Kraft-7706871209
T62Sebastián Vázquez-7706871209
T62Keith Mitchell-7677270209
T62Jason Dufner-7697070209
T67K.H. Lee-6677073210
T67Isidro Benitez-6716772210
T67Paul Haley II-6677271210
70Cameron Young-5657472211
T71Ryan Armour-4696776212
T71J.J. Spaun-4697073212
T71Troy Merritt-4716873212
CUTHenrik Norlander-46971-140
CUTMark Hubbard-46872-140
CUTRobert Streb-47070-140
CUTZac Blair-47169-140
CUTChris Gotterup-47268-140
CUTDavid Lipsky-47070-140
CUTBrian Gay-46971-140
CUTChris Naegel-47070-140
CUTKensei Hirata-46674-140
CUTPreston Summerhays(a)-47268-140
CUTMatthias Schwab-36873-141
CUTZecheng Dou-37368-141
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CUTKyle Westmoreland-36873-141
CUTRyo Ishikawa-37170-141
CUTHarry Hall-36972-141
CUTSahith Theegala-37071-141
CUTDavis Riley-37269-141
CUTJimmy Walker-36972-141
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CUTPeter Kuest-37269-141
CUTAndrew Landry-27369-142
CUTC.T. Pan-27270-142
CUTTyler Duncan-27072-142
CUTCharley Hoffman-26973-142
CUTDavid Lingmerth-26874-142
CUTMichael Gligic-27270-142
CUTScott Harrington-27369-142
CUTAugusto Núñez-27666-142
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CUTPeter Knade-27468-142
CUTKevin Yu-27072-142
CUTHarry Higgs-27072-142
CUTStewart Cink-26973-142
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CUTIsaiah Salinda-17271-143
CUTEmiliano GrilloPar7470-144
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CUTChris KirkPar7272-144
CUTKevin RoyPar6975-144
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CUTBen Taylor+27373-146
CUTNick Watney+27670-146
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CUTCarl Yuan+37572-147
CUTJim Herman+37671-147
CUTJose Cristobal Islas(a)+37572-147
CUTTrevor Cone+47672-148
CUTHunter Epson+47375-148
CUTMichael Block+47276-148
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World Wide Technology Championship 2023

Date: November 2nd - 5th 2023

Location: El Cardonal at Diamante, Los Cabos, Mexico

Purse: $8,200,000

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