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Matt Kuchar sinks bunker shot on final hole to win his 7th PGA Tour title

Matt Kuchar’s shot from a bunker at No. 18 rolled into the hole for a one-stroke victory in the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, S.C.


The Associated Press

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.– Matt Kuchar saw his 5-iron shot on No. 18 at the RBC Heritage come up short of the target and settle in a front bunker.

“Well,” he said he thought as he walked toward the ball, “there are a lot worse places to be.”

For Kuchar, there was no better place — and no better shot in the tournament.

He produced a stunning hole-out birdie on Harbour Town Golf Links’ closing, lighthouse hole for a round of 7-under-par 64 and a one-stroke victory over Luke Donald (69).

“I heard the crowd go crazy,” Kuchar said. “Then I went crazy.”

Kuchar, 35, had an 11-under 273 total. He earned $1.044 million for his seventh PGA Tour victory.

Donald took a two-shot lead into the final round. Kuchar, four back entering the day, had seven birdies in his first 10 holes. He three-putted from about 4 feet to bogey No. 17.

“I was in a little bit of shock,” Kuchar said. “But I think I did a good job of shaking things off.”

Donald said, “Finishing second isn’t what I was hoping for. Disappointed, obviously, not to have won. Usually a solid 69 on a windy day with a two-shot lead is enough to get it done on Sundays. It’s tough to win out here and hats off to Matt for a superb round.”

Ex-Washington Huskies player Richard H. Lee (74) tied for 31st at even par.

Jimenez prevails

DULUTH, Ga. – Miguel Angel Jimenez held off Bernhard Langer to win the Greater Gwinnett Championship, becoming the third player to lead from start to finish in his debut on the 50-and-older Champions Tour.

Jimenez closed with a 5-under 67 to finish two strokes ahead of Langer (68). Jimenez had a 14-under 202 total and earned $270,000.

Jimenez finished fourth in the Masters — won by Bubba Watson — a week earlier. The 50-year-old Spaniard said he can’t commit to the Champions Tour this year because his goal is making Europe’s Ryder Cup team.

Seattle native Fred Couples (70) finished fourth at 9 under.

Kirk Triplett (73), a graduate of Pullman High School, tied for 51st at 5 over and Rick Fehr (73), who is from Seattle, was 75th at 12 over.

Other tournaments

Lee Westwood took the Malaysian Open by seven strokes, ending a two-year winless streak. Westwood, 40, has 36 career victories.

• Amateur Minami Katsu, 15, became the youngest winner in the history of the Japan LPGA Tour by capturing the Vantelin Open.



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