Kuchar holds on to win Mayakoba Classic
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.”