Matt Kuchar decided to play in the Valero Texas Open because he thought TPC San Antonio fit his style of play well.
It certainly did on Saturday. Despite a difficult day of scoring in which only 19 players broke par and the course played two strokes over par, Kuchar shot a 5-under 67 to move into a tie for sixth and six shots off the lead.
“I think my game is suited pretty well for driving the ball in the fairway, hitting balls on greens and not making big numbers that lurk around every hole,” Kuchar said.
He avoided the latter well on Saturday. Kuchar had six birdies and just one bogey, and for the week he’s second in the field in greens in regulation.
In the third round, Kuchar needed just 23 putts -- a dramatic improvement from his first and second rounds when he took 30 and 34 putts, respectively.
Winds were higher on Thursday and Friday, reaching into the 20-30 mph range. Saturday, they were calmer and Kuchar took advantage.
”Seems like you get a 20-footer for birdie and have to struggle over a 4, 5-footer to come back every hole,” he said. “[Saturday] was much nicer.
“Golf is a lot more fun when you have a chance on Sunday. I put myself in position. Maybe a long shot but at least a chance.”