Kuchar sur­vives scare to end ti­tle drought in Mex­ico

Global Times US Edition - - SPORTS -

Matt Kuchar sur­vived a late scare to clinch his first ti­tle in four years on Sun­day with a one-shot vic­tory at the US PGA Tour’s Mayakoba Clas­sic in Playa del Car­men, Mex­ico.

The 40-year-old Amer­i­can, who had started the fi­nal round with a four-shot lead, squeezed home ahead of New Zealand’s Danny Lee after post­ing a twounder-par 69.

Lee had surged up the leader board after a six-un­der-par 65 to ramp up the pres­sure on Kuchar at the Ca­ma­leon Golf Club Course.

The 40-year-old Kuchar looked to be com­fort­ably on course for the win after two birdies and seven pars on the front nine saw him reach the turn at two-un­der.

A long birdie putt from off the green at the 11th fol­lowed by a fur­ther birdie at the 13th left the world No.40 cruis­ing to­ward the ti­tle at 24-un­der.

But back-to-back bo­geys on the 14th and 15th, and Lee’s fi­nal round, left Kuchar only one shot clear head­ing to the 18th.

Kuchar how­ever was not about to be de­nied his first win since 2014 and he duly parred the par-four 18th to se­cure the vic­tory.

Last sea­son Kuchar failed to make the US Ry­der Cup team for the first time in a decade and fin­ished out of the top 10 in the FedExCup stand­ings for the first time since 2007.

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