Matt Kuchar rolled in a 12 foot putt on the 18th hole to win The Memorial on Sunday afternoon, and got the congratulatory handshake from tournament host Jack Nicklaus. Kuchar held off a hard charge from Kevin Chappell who finished with a birdie at 18 as well, but two strokes back at The infamous Muirfield Village layout in Dublin, Ohio.
Chappell, who is not too well known, but finished tied for second in the past two US Opens, put four birdies on the board down the stretch to put a real scare into Kuchar, who had his game on cruise control for most of the day. He matched Kuchar’s -4 under 68, but could not overcome the two-stroke advantage The Kuch had at the start of the round.
Matt Kuchar became the only player to win a second PGA Tour event this year except for Tiger Woods. Kuchar began the final round with the lead last Sunday at Colonial, and was beaten by Boo Weekley. Kuchar was not to be denied on this day. He also won The WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain back in February amid a snowstorm,and big winds in the Sunday finale, defeating the defending champ, Hunter Mahan.
With the conditions at Muirfield Village this week that derailed some of the worlds best players, including Tiger Woods, Kuchar proved once again that down the middle, and on the green can still win tournaments. He beat the defending champion by 20 strokes in a weekend of golf that Tiger Woods will be anxious for everyone to forget about.
Matt Kuchar’s career took off last year when he won the 2012 Players Championship. We now know that he can play the tough golf courses with precision, and should be considered a contender when the US Open gets underway at Merion in two weeks.
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