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August 24 2013

12:55 PM

How Kuchar got lead at The Barclays

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Kuchar began the third round with a two-stroke lead.

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By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Matt Kuchar just teed off here in the third round of The Barclays, where he has a two-shot lead over Webb Simpson and Gary Woodland.

How did Kuchar, who can take over the top spot in the FedExCup standings with a win for the first time since winning this event in 2010, get to the top of the leaderboard?

Coming into the week, Kuchar was just 142nd in driving accuracy. Through two rounds here? He's missed just five fairways.

He has also continued to putt well. Ranked 19th in strokes gained-putting on the season, Kuchar has picked up 1.8 strokes per round on the field with his putter this week, fourth-best in the field.

Kuchar has also been nearly perfect from inside 10 feet, making 29 of 30.

And it's not just this week -- Kuchar has played his last 127 holes without a three-putt, the longest active streak on the PGA TOUR. Compare that to the TOUR average of a player having a three-putt once every 29 holes this season, and it stands out even more.

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