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RBC Heritage glory for Matt Kuchar
21 Apr 2014 00:12
Matt Kuchar holed a bunker shot on the 18th at the RBC Heritage to claim the title by one shot from Luke Donald who came up just short at Hilton Head yet again.
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Kuchar had finished in the top-five in his last three events, including losing to Australian Matt Jones in a play-off at the Shell Houston Open two weeks ago.
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But a front-nine 30 and a stunning shot on the last saw the American finish on 11 under with a closing 64 and deny Donald, who had twice recorded second and third-place finishes here in recent years, his first win on the PGA Tour since the Transitions Championship in 2012.
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Graeme McDowell shot a final round of 70 for a two under par ll finish
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The 35-year-old looked like he would be going to a play-off for the second time in three weeks after a three-put bogey on the par-three 17th but a birdie on the last and Donald's failure to pick up a shot on his last four holes meant Kuchar won his seventh Tour title.
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Birdies on the first, second, fourth, sixth, eighth and ninth holes, and a further one at the 10th, propelled Kuchar to 11 under for the tournament and a three-shot lead just after the turn.
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A run of six pars followed and when he hit his tee shot on 17 to inside five feet, it looked certain Kuchar would go up the last with a two-shot lead.
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A disastrous three-putt was to follow, however, and Kuchar also found the bunker with his second-shot at the par-four last before his stunning sand-rescue found the bottom of the cup and left Donald coming up the 15th one behind.
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The normally mild-mannered Kuchar could not hide his delight as he punched the air when the shot went in and he admitted it was a relief after his mistakes on 17.
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"It was just pretty disappointing, it felt like a two-shot swing," he told Sky Sports 4.
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"I wasn't too disappointed to end up in that front greenside bunker on 18. That was a decent leave, I knew it was a pretty easy up and down.
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"I said 'I'm about due to make one of these' and it was so cool to see that thing disappear at the end."
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