Matt Kuchar holed out from a bunker at the final hole to win the PGA Tour’s Heritage tournament by one shot and end a frustrating series of Sunday near-misses.
“I told my caddie before that last shot, ‘I’m about due to make one of these,'” said Kuchar, who started the day four shots off Luke Donald’s 54-hole lead and fired a seven-under par 64 for an 11-under total of 273.
England’s Donald carded a two-under 69 for 274. The former world No.1 now has five top-three finishes in this $5.8 million tournament in the past six years but no victories.
Americans Ben Martin and John Huh shared third place on 275. Martin closed with a 67 and Huh – who was lying second, two strokes behind Donald, going into the round – posted a final-round 68
It was a further two shots back to Americans Scott Brown and Brian Stuard, while Stuart Appleby was the best of the Australians in a tie for 12 at 4-under after a final round 67.
Kuchar has spent a month of Sundays in the thick of things, only to come up short.
He was two strokes behind winner Steven Bowditch at the Texas Open on March 30, lost a playoff to another Aussie in Matt Jones when he holed a 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.
He was playing four groups ahead of Donald at Hilton Head, but after the American’s dramatic finish gave him a one-stroke lead the Englishman was unable to find a birdie in his remaining holes.
Kuchar grabbed his first title of the season, although things didn’t look so promising after he three-putted for bogey from inside five feet on the par-three 17th.
That had dropped him into a tie with Donald, after Kuchar had grabbed the lead with seven birdies in his first 10 holes.
Donald’s front nine included a double-bogey six at the par-four sixth, but he countered that with three birdies on the front nine to keep himself in the hunt.
Donald followed a bogey at 10 with back-to-back birdies, but couldn’t find another birdie the rest of the way.