Matt Kuchar rewarded for consistency
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2014 RBC Heritage | Wrap | 21 Apr 2014
Matt Kuchar has converted consistency to victory when a holed bunker shot at the 72nd hole of the RBC Heritage event at Hilton Head Island earned the 35 year old his 7th PGA Tour title.
Since his last victory at the Memorial last May Kuchar has finished inside the top five in eight events worldwide but of late he has been frustrated by opportunities lost.
Today however he would reverse the trend by producing a brilliant final round and although a three putt from short range at the 17th threatened another potential lapse, holing a bunker shot from the front bunker at the final hole gave him a one shot buffer over Luke Donald who was unable to bridge the gap.
Donald, though, continued his remarkable record at Hilton Head, this his fourth top three in his last four starts at the iconic Harbour Town Links.
Kuchar moves past Jason Day into the 5th position in the world ranking.
When asked about the potentially costly three putt form four feet at the 17th Kuchar said; “A little bit of shock, but I think I do a really good job of shaking things off. I think I do a great job of accepting there’s not much I can do about that, because it’s now behind me. I have to now go play the 18th hole. And I did a great job of shaking it off really quickly.”
“It really feels awfully good. I thought Houston I was in control, I thought that was a tournament I was going to win. But that didn’t work out. I played some really good golf at Augusta last week, and I thought this is where it’s supposed to work out.
Kuchar holes bunker shot
“It’s awfully sweet to have a chance. I kept wanting after things didn’t work out in San Antonio, just give me another chance. Give me another chance. And amazing to have four straight weeks of chances on four completely different golf courses. I take a lot of pride in playing good week in and week out. This has been some excellent play. I’m amazed at the difference from just last week to this week. I mean, completely different golf courses. And to have chances Sunday afternoon basically four weeks in a row has been great.”
Ben Martin and John Huh tied for 3rd once shot behind Donald.
The leading Australian was Stuart Appleby who tied for 12th, continuing some improved form for him in 2014.
Robert Allenby was 23rd and Geoff Ogilvy 27th, both appearing to improve after some time in the golfing wilderness