Going into the final round of the Memorial Tournament at the Muirfield Village Golf Club this weekend, Matt Kuchar held a two-stroke lead. He wanted to see the tournament wrap up as quickly as possible in hopes of claiming his second victory of the season. True to form, Kuchar held down the fort and sealed the victory with a birdie on the 18th for the win.
Fellow American Kevin Chappell chased Kuchar since the third round, as Kuchar entered the final round with a stroke lead on him. Both golfers finished the final round shooting -4 for the day, and Kuchar finished at the 18th hole with that same two-stroke lead.
With the victory, Kuchar is securely in the second position in the FedExCup Points Leaders standings, and has moved up to #4 in the world rankings. Tiger still leads the year-to-date standings with 2,345 points, but Kuchar is now at 1,922, only 423 points behind Woods.
While the race to the finish could not happen soon enough for Kuchar, Woods was finishing a race to the bottom. It would be fair to say that Tiger wanted the tournament to end even more than Kuchar, but his reasoning was more a request to put him out of his misery. For the second day in a row, Woods shot a triple-bogey and finished the tournament tied for 65th place.
The next tournament on the PGA schedule is the St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tennessee. Scott Stallings is the sole top-five finisher from the Memorial that will take place in the tournament next weekend. That being said, the field for the tournament will include PGA regulars Phil Mickelson, Justin Leonard, John Daly, and Ian Poulter. Beyond the St. Jude tournament, the PGA Tour regulars are looking ahead to the U.S. Open at the Merion Golf Club on June 13.