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54-hole leaders just 9-for-20 this season on Tour

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HUMBLE, Texas – Apparently, no lead is safe on the PGA Tour – even for the world’s best players.

Matt Kuchar blew a four-shot lead Sunday when he shot 72 and lost in a playoff at the Shell Houston Open.

Matt Jones closed with 66 at the Golf Club of Houston, then holed a chip shot on the first playoff hole.


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The 54-hole leaders are now just 9-for-20 this season, and only 26 of 58 (44.8 percent) since the start of 2013.

And these aren’t just unproven players who are faltering down the stretch.

In the past three months, Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar – all of whom are ranked inside the top 15 in the world – have blown leads of at least two shots on the final day.

Kuchar, in particular, has struggled to close out his past four tournaments, failing to break par in each final round. Last Sunday, he shot 75 to squander a chance to win the Valero Texas Open.