Kuchar holds on to win Mayakoba Clas­sic

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports -

PLAYA DEL CAR­MEN, MEX­ICO — Matt Kuchar had gone four years, six months and three weeks since his last PGA Tour vic­tory.

The last few holes Sun­day at the Mayakoba Golf Clas­sic must have felt just as long.

Kuchar started the fi­nal round with a four-shot lead and made only two bo­geys in the first 67 holes he played at El Ca­ma­leon Golf Club. And then he made back-to-back bo­geys, Danny Lee holed a birdie putt from off the 16th green and Kuchar had no mar­gin for er­ror.

He fin­ished with three pars, mak­ing nervy 3-foot­ers on the last two holes, to close with a 2-un­der 69 for a one-shot vic­tory and a big sigh of re­lief.

“I didn’t want a 3-footer on the last hole,” Kuchar said. “I was hop­ing to have a three- or four­shot lead for some wig­gle room. But man, that felt aw­fully good.”

Lee, the only player to sus­tain a se­ri­ous threat against Kuchar, fin­ished with two pars for a 65.

Kuchar still wasn’t en­tirely in the clear. His 15-foot birdie at­tempt on the 17th rolled about 3 1/2 feet by the hole, and he had to make that for par to stay in the lead. And on the fi­nal hole, he left his 30-foot birdie putt about 3 feet short and had to roll that in for the vic­tory.

“That was some of the best ball-strik­ing I’ve had and through 60 some holes, aw­fully good putting,” Kuchar said. “And then the put­ter kind of went a lit­tle bit on the fritz there com­ing in. It’s been a long time for me. It feels ex­tra sweet right now.”

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