Kuchar Wins Mayakoba Classic PDF Print E-mail


Matt Kuchar shows off the hardware after winning the Mayakoba Golf Classic

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico - It had been a long drought for Matt Kuchar, in

fact his last victory came at the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town on April 20th,

2014. Four and a half years of near misses and close calls - none bigger than

the 2017 Open Championship where Kuchar was clipped by a vintage Jordan

Spieth performance at Royal Birkdale. 2018 was declared a disappointment

after Kuchar narrowly missed on qualifying for the Tour Championship and the

Ryder Cup in Paris. But after he rattled in his 3 ft putt on the 18th Sunday (for

a final round 69) some relief and redemption was felt by the 40 year-old tour

veteran. "It feels extra sweet having to kind of had to suffer through a year of

not playing great in 2018," Kuchar said. "Being four years removed since my

last victory, I realize how difficult it is to win on the PGA Tour."


Starting the day with a four-shot lead was essential, since closing the deal

proved tougher than Kuchar expected. After making bogey on holes 14 & 15

Kuchar made three straight pars to finish at 22 under par, one better than

Danny Lee who shot a final round 65 to finish a shot back.


Kuchar opened with rounds of 64-64-65 with local club caddie David

"Toucan" Ortiz on the bag (John Wood, Kuchar's regular tour looper was

attending a reunion). For Ortiz, who caddies regularly at El Camaleon Golf

Club, it was a dream come true - he was in tears as he was being inundated

with congratulations beside the 18th green as Kuchar signed the flag that

will commemorate their victorious week together.


The win gets Kuchar back to Kapalua in January for the Sentry Tournament

of Champions. The Tour heads east to Kuchar's neighborhood at Sea Island

this week for the RSM McGladdery Classic.


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