Matt Kuchar overcame a 4-stroke deficit to finally finish on top, when his stunning chip-in on the 18th hole gave him a 64 and a victory at the RBC Heritage on Sunday in Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Kuchar was 4 shots behind Luke Donald at the start but made that up with seven birdies on his first 10 holes. He had a birdie putt of less than 8 feet at the par-3 17th, but three-putted for bogey to fall into a tie for first.
Kuchar was in more trouble in a bunker at Harbour Town Golf Links’ closing lighthouse hole. That’s when he blasted out and watched the ball rattle in for birdie. Kuchar punched the air and raised his arms in celebration of what would be his seventh career PGA Tour win.
Donald had two holes to catch Kuchar after the chip but couldn’t do it. He missed a 28-foot birdie putt at the 17th hole, then saw his own try at a chip-in birdie slide past the cup.
Kuchar finished at 11-under 273 to win $1.044 million and his first trophy since the Memorial last June.
Kuchar has spent a month of Sundays in the thick of things, only to come up short. He was 2 strokes behind winner Steven Bowditch at the Texas Open on March 30, lost a playoff to Matt Jones’ 42-yard chip-in on the first extra hole in Houston the next week, then was tied for the lead at Augusta National last Sunday before four-putting the fourth hole and finishing tied for fifth.
Donald shot 69 to finish at 10 under and earn his fifth top-three finish in his past six appearances at the RBC Heritage.
Ben Martin, who turned pro in 2010, shot 67 to finish tied for third at 9 under with John Huh, who shot 68.
Michelle Wie rallied from 4 strokes behind entering the day to shoot a 5-under 67 and win the LPGA Lotte Championship late Saturday in Kapolei, Hawaii.
The 24-year-old American finished at 14-under 274 after coming into the final round trailing third-round leader Angela Stanford by 4 shots after Friday’s play. It was Wie’s third career victory on the LPGA Tour, and first since taking the CN Canadian Women’s Open in 2010 — snapping a 79-event winless drought.
Miguel Angel Jimenez held off Bernhard Langer to win the Greater Gwinnett Championship on Sunday, becoming only the third player to lead from start to finish in his Champions Tour debut.
Jimenez closed with a 67 to finish 2 strokes ahead of Langer in Duluth, Ga.
Langer, the defending champion, shot his third consecutive 68. Jimenez and Langer were tied at 10 under before a 2-shot swing on No. 8. Jimenez needed only a short putt for a birdie, and Langer fell 2 strokes behind with his bogey.
Lee Westwood ended a two-year winless drought with a 7-shot victory at the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
After a four-hour delay due to the threat of lightning in the middle of the final round, Westwood went on to shoot a 4-under par 68 to complete an 18-under 270 at the Kuala Lumpur Country Club course for his 36th career victory.