Kuchar the run­ner-up af­ter play­ing like champ

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Steve Dou­glas

The As­so­ci­ated Press Matt Kuchar felt as if he had the Claret Jug in his grasp. He said he could taste vic­tory, fi­nally break­ing through in a ma­jor cham­pi­onship af­ter all those top-10 finishes.

In the end, with­out do­ing much wrong, he was a by­stander to one of the great­est shows in golf his­tory.

“All you can do,” Kuchar said, “is sit back, tip your cap and say, ‘Well done.’ ”

Kuchar was mag­nan­i­mous as ever af­ter see­ing the Bri­tish Open ti­tle wrested away from him by Jor­dan Spi­eth, who played the fi­nal five holes in 5un­der-par at Royal Birk­dale to win by three shots.

“It’s hard to ex­plain,” Kuchar said. “It’s crush­ing. To have a chance to make his­tory and win a cham­pi­onship. You don’t get many op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Kuchar’s wife, Sybi, and two chil­dren, Cameron and Car­son, had flown unan­nounced for the oc­ca­sion. He talked to them over the phone Satur­day night, and thought they’d be in Colorado. In­stead, they were at the back of the 18th green when Kuchar saw them for the first time — “a teary sur­prise,” as he called it.

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