Matt Kuchar wins WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
By mustang6560 on 2/25/13
Tim Finchem's announcement may have dominated the headlines Sunday, however, there was a golf tournament in Arizona yesterday too.

Hunter Mahan and Matt Kuchar squared off in the final round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship from the Golf Club at Dove Mountain.

The two competing storylines were: 1) Hunter was looking to become only the second player in the history of the event to successfully defend his title (Tiger Woods 2003-04), and 2) Matt was looking to win his first WGC event. In the end, the latter storyline it to print as Matt edged Hunter 2&1 on a chilly Arizona afternoon.
The perpetually-smiling Kuchar has now won 14 of his last 16 matches at Dove Mountain where his kids love to come to see the snow. Kuchar was so dominant he never saw the 18th hole this week except during a practice session -- although Mahan mounted a back-nine charge that nearly changed that stat until his second shot was all-but stymied in desert flora at the 17th hole.

"I'm not sure I can explain how excited I am to have won this tournament," Kuchar said. "Match play I find to be such an amazing, unique format, so much fun to play and so much pressure. It seems like each hole there's so much momentum riding and so much pressure on every hole. To come out on top after six matches of playing guys, the top 64 guys in the world, it's an incredible feeling."
The match was all square through the first three holes, then Hunter bogeyed the next three to give Matt a comfortable lead. He bogeyed the eight hole to give Matt a 4up lead at the turn.

Hunter managed to cut the lead to two-up by winning holes 10 and 11. He gave one back on the 13th, but won two of the next three holes to get to within one one Matt heading into the 17th hole. As Fred Albers sees it, Hunter caught a bad break in the fairway bunker, which led to a bogey and eventually the match. Both players hit their tee shots into the bunker, but only Matt had a shot into the green.

Anyone pick Matt Kuchar in their bracket?

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[ comments ]
SpaceMaNy0 says:
I actually did have Kuchar winning it. Still finished like 700 something for the week though.
oobscott2 says:
spaceman: you mean on the golf channel fantasy?
SpaceMaNy0 says:
I think it was that one. I filled out all 3 and had Kuchar in 2 of them.
Torleif Sorenson says:
When Mahan hit his tee-shot into that fairway bunker on the final hole, I thought to myself, "OK, Kuchar needs to go fairway metal here." Instead, he pulled driver and also dumped his tee-shot onto the beach. Not smart.

Then Mahan hit his second into a desert scrub bush, and I just shook my head, thinking that this is the kind of result I would expect from myself. And when Kuchar hit his approach shot from the same fairway bunker and it wound up where it did, I swore out of amazement.
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