Kuchar the runner-up after playing like champ
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.