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Kuchar moves two shots clear

American Matt Kuchar will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village after carding a second successive 70 on Saturday.

The world No 9 is two shots clear of fellow countrymen Kevin Chappell and Kyle Stanley, .

The defending champion took 44 shots on the outward nine and although he recovered slightly with three birdies in five holes following the turn, two more bogeys followed.

Kuchar was able to cope with the difficult windy conditions better than most, although he led by three before finding the water at the par five 15th and taking six.

He got away with finding sand at the short 16th and after a mediocre splash out, rammed in a 12-foot par putt.

The 35-year-old from Florida won the WGC World Matchplay earlier this season and is third on the FedEx Cup standings. Victory on Sunday would give him a sixth PGA title.

The 27-year-old Chappell has never won on the PGA Tour but he will have his chance on Sunday after an impressive 68 that included just one dropped shot at the par five 11th. His was one of just six rounds to beat 70 on the day.

Stanley shot a 71 to be tied second with Chappell, a shot clear of a group of three players that includes England's Justin Rose.

Former champion Rose had three birdies in six holes on the back nine to claw his way back into contention.

Halfway leader Bill Haas struggled round in 76 and is alongside Rose on five under, along with Australian Matt Jones (70).

World No 2 Rory McIlroy, meanwhile, is well down the leaderboard on six over having earlier completed his second round with a four-under-par 69 to survive the cut. The afternoon was less kind to the Northern Irishman as he toiled round in 75.