By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Matt Kuchar is the man to beat in the final round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance. But judging from the first three rounds, Mother Nature will undoubtedly have a say in the outcome, too.
On yet another blustery day with winds gusting in the 35 mph-range, Kuchar seized control of Jack Nicklaus' event by firing his second-straight 70 and moving to 8 under. He's two strokes ahead of Kevin Chappell and Kyle Stanley, who shot 68 and 73, respectively.
With tee times moved up in anticipation of the kind of weather that prompted three delays on Friday, the entire third round was able to be completed on Saturday. Thunderstorms, which could be heavy at times, are expected overnight, though, so tournament officials altered the schedule for the final round, as well.
Players will be sent off two tees starting at 10:45 a.m. ET on Sunday. That allows time for the storms to clear out of the area and any necessary clean-up to be done -- yet still gives plenty of time to complete the final 18 holes.
Kuchar will be seeking his second win of the season after beating Hunter Mahan for the title at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. He also finished second last week at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and ranks third in the FedExCupl.
Bill Haas, who held a one-shot lead at the midway point of the Memorial, took a tumble down the leaderboard with a 76. He's tied for fourth at 5 under with Matt Jones and Justin Rose, who won the Memorial in 2010.
The quartet at 4 under includes Masters champ Adam Scott, J.J. Henry, Scott Piercy and first-round leader Charl Schwartzel, who matched Haas' 76.
Another player who struggled in the conditions was Tiger Woods. He started on the back nine and shot a 44 that included two double bogeys and a triple, then eventually signed for a 79 that tied for the second-highest score of his pro career.
Rory McIlroy, who is second to Woods in the world rankings, appeared to make strides when he finished off a second-round 69 on Saturday morning that was nine strokes better than his opener. But he came back with a 75 in the third round and sits at 6 over for the tournament, one better than Woods.