Rose in pursuit of Kuchar

01/06/2013 23:54:25
Justin Rose   (Getty Images)
Justin Rose (Getty Images)
Justin Rose is just three shots behind Matt Kuchar as the American takes a two shot lead into the final round of the Memorial Tournament after a testing day.

In blustery conditions at Muirfield Village in Ohio, Kuchar carded his second successive two under par round of 70 to move to eight under for the competition as he chases his second title of the year.

The 34 year old, who also finished second at Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial last time out, has daylight between himself and nearest challengers Kevin Chappell and Kyle Stanley, who are both six under following hugely contrasting rounds.

Chappell drained five birdies and dropped only one shot as he went round in 68 - the joint best score of the day along with JJ Henry - while Stanley scored 73 with five bogeys, two birdies and an eagle.

England's Rose, who won the Memorial in 2010, is the leading European after following up two rounds of 70 with a 71 to lie in joint fourth spot alongside Australian Matt Jones (70) and overnight pacesetter Bill Haas on five under.

Haas, who had seen his three-shot lead cut back to one when Charl Schwartzel completed his rain-affected second round this morning, struggled as he picked up five bogeys and just one birdie in a round of 76 - the same as Schwartzel, who is four under overall.