Matt Kuchar fired a superb final round of 64 to beat Luke Donald by a stroke and win the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links in South Carolina.

Matt Kuchar fired a superb final round of 64 to beat Luke Donald by a stroke and win the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links in South Carolina.

Kuchar began the final round four strokes behind the Englishman but he came storming out of the blocks, posting six birdies over the first nine holes to go out in 30 and move to the top of the leaderboard.

The American added a further birdie at the 10th then rattled off a string of six pars. He stood on the difficult par-3 17th tee with a one-stroke lead. After hitting a superb shot to within three feet of the cup, that advantage looked destined to be doubled, but incredibly he missed the birdie putt, then also missed the one coming back to rack up a bogey four.

That meant he and Donald were tied at the top. Kuchar had just the difficult 18th to play while the Englishman had four holes remaining. Kuchar hit a solid drive into the wind, but his second shot came up short of the green in a bunker.

It looked as though Kuchar was in danger of blowing another Sunday lead. He had a lead, or share of the lead, at some point in the final round in each of his last three starts on the PGA Tour. But, composing himself, Kuchar splashed out of the bunker. The ball landed perfectly on the green and rolled towards the cup. It caught the right edge of the hole and dropped in for a birdie three.

A roar went up that could be heard way back on the 15th green as Donald was standing over a birdie putt. He didn’t back away when the noise reached him and he missed from 15 feet. He needed to find a birdie on one of the last three holes to match Kuchar’s clubhouse total but he couldn’t do it. Three pars meant he had to settle for second place.

“I probably should have backed off that putt, because I did hear it, ” said Donald. “Someone told me he holed out from the front bunker.”

For Kuchar the victory was an important one and he expressed his satisfaction at crossing the line after three straight weeks in contention.

“I thought Houston I was in control, I thought that was a tournament I was going to win. But that didn’t work out,” he said. “I played some really good golf at Augusta last week, and I thought this is where it’s supposed to work out. I kept wanting after things didn’t work out in San Antonio, just give me another chance. Amazing to have four straight weeks of chances on four completely different golf courses. I take a lot of pride in playing good week in and week out. This has been some excellent play.”

RBC Heritage
Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head, South Carolina
Apr 17-20, purse $5,800,000, par 71

1    Matt Kuchar (USA)    66    73    70    64    273    $1,044,000
2    Luke Donald (Eng)    70    69    66    69    274    $626,400
T3    Ben Martin (USA)        69    68    71    67    275    $336,400
T3    John Huh (USA)        71    68    68    68    275    $336,400
T5    Brian Stuard (USA)    69    72    68    68    277    $220,400
T5    Scott Brown (USA)    70    69    71    67    277    $220,400
T7    Jim Furyk (USA)        71    66    71    70    278    $187,050
T7    Brian Harman (USA)    69    71    69    69    278    $187,050
T9    Russell Knox (Sco)    69    72    68    70    279    $156,600
T9    William McGirt (USA)    66    76    71    66    279    $156,600
T9    Rory Sabbatini (RSA)    69    72    70    68    279    $156,600

Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage