Luke Don­ald edged out by Matt Kuchar at RBC Her­itage

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Luke Don­ald fin­ished sec­ond at the RBC Her­itage as Matt Kuchar’s fi­nal-round 64 earned vic­tory in South Carolina.

The English­man scored a 69 to trail Kuchar, 35, by one shot and beat third-placed Ben Martin and John Huh by one.

Af­ter bo­gey­ing the 17th, Kuchar holed from a green­side bunker for a birdie at the last for a seven-un­der-par fi­nal round and 11 un­der par over­all.

Don­ald was un­able to gain the shot he needed from his fi­nal three holes to force a play-off with Amer­i­can Kuchar.

Af­ter be­gin­ning the fi­nal round with a twoshot lead, Don­ald hit a way­ward tee shot at the sixth be­fore three-putting for a dou­ble bo­gey.

Kuchar, who started the fi­nal round four adrift, posted seven birdies in his first 10 holes and fol­lowed with six pars be­fore his spec­tac­u­lar chip-in at the last.

“I wasn’t too dis­ap­pointed to end up in that front green­side bunker on 18,” he said.

“I knew it was a pretty easy up and down. I said ‘I’m about due to make one of these’ and it was so cool to see that thing dis­ap­pear at the end.”

Don­ald, 36, was now one shot be­hind.

Seek­ing his first PGA ti­tle since 2012, he missed a 28-foot birdie putt at 17 be­fore his own chipped birdie at­tempt at the last missed by six inches.

“I hit a lot of solid shots,” he said, “a lot to build off and I’m ex­cited about some of the changes I’ve been mak­ing.”

Scot­land’s Rus­sell Knox reg­is­tered a fi­nal­round 70 to fin­ish joint ninth on five un­der par, while Eng­land’s Paul Casey was tied for 18th place on three un­der.

Luke Don­ald

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