Kuchar Reels In Players Title
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA | Smiling Matt
Kuchar didn’t back off all week.
And as a result, he is the new Players champion; the toast of the golf world, and the hero of
his sporting family.
Sunday morning, it was tennis. Kuchar and
his wife, who played college tennis, against
his father and her father. Then it was off to the
daunting Stadium Course for the 2:45 p.m. final
tee time at TPC Sawgrass.
The rest is Mother’s Day history.
“I think my mental game is one of my strong
points,” Kuchar said Sunday evening. “Not
a lot gets under my skin. I had a father who
challenged me and a mother who made sure
I enjoyed the game. My demeanor is probably
one of the strong points of my game.”
Plus, he said, he is hopelessly hooked on golf.
“I am a golf junkie,” Kuchar said. “The game
is so challenging to me and so addictive.”
This was the 33-year-old Kuchar’s fourth
official PGA Tour victory and the biggest
of his career in more ways
than one. The Players
Championship ranks a
half step below the four
majors in importance.
And the first place
check was a whopping
The win also put
to rest, at least for
now, the contention
that Kuchar is little
more than a top- 10
This was his
Matt Kuchar celebrates winning
with his sons, Cameron and Cole.
45th career top 10.
“The more you get in contention, the more
you start to get comfortable,” he said.
Kuchar got big late assists from two of the
four runners-up. Rickie Fowler and Martin
Laird missed 10- and nine-foot putts, respectively, on the last green that would have shrunk
Kuchar’s lead to one shot, before he teed off on
the dangerous par- 4 18th.
Instead, Kuchar was able to nurse home a
conservative par on the 72nd hole and preserve
his two-shot winning margin ahead of Fowler,
Laird, Zach Johnson and Ben Curtis.
Kuchar began the day one shot behind 54-
hole leader Kevin Na. His final round of 2-un-
der 70 was good for a 13-under total of 275.
Na, the center of attention Saturday because
of his nervous pre-shot routine, improved in
that department but faded to a final-round 76
that was good for a share of seventh at 8 under
with Jhonattan Vegas and Bo Van Pelt.
Luke Donald roasted the back
nine to the tune of 30 shots
to earn a solo sixth at 9
under. Two shots better
and he would have passed
Rory McIlroy (missed cut)
and recaptured the top spot
in the world rankings.
Kuchar is the first
American to win The Play-
ers since Phil Mickelson in
2007 and the sixth since
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