Kuchar wins marathon play-off

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Matt Kuchar has parred the sixth extra hole to beat Vaughn Taylor in a play-off at the Turning Stone Resort Championship.

Matt Kuchar parred the sixth extra hole to beat Vaughn Taylor in the delayed, drama-laden, sudden-death play-off at the Turning Stone Resort Championship in New York on Monday morning.

He now has a 2-0 record in playoffs if you including his 2006 win on the Nationwide Tour.

Kuchar, whose win today (Monday) earned him $1.08m and took his prize money for the year to over $2 million was over the moon after his hugely stressful victory.

“It’s hard to describe what a great feeling it is to win a PGA Tour event,” he told the media afterwards.

“It’s so difficult to win. It’s been seven years since the last one (the Honda Classic, his first and only PGA Tour win until this one)

“I think in that seven years you just – because you don’t win and there’s not a whole lot of rewards – start to feel like the game is beating you up a little bit.”

This highly tense, delayed marathon play-off did a little bit of beating up of it’s own.

The two Americans had to return to the course on this Monday morning after failing to get the job done on Sunday night when bad light ended their play-off after two extra holes.

And what a nervous start as they each made bogey at the par-4 13th, Kuchar missing from just four feet with a par putt, which would have given him victory.

Kuchar had to hole a 20 foot birdie putt at the fourth extra hole – the 624-yard 18th – to stay alive and then needed a fine up-and-down from sand at the next (the 12th) to keep himself in the race.

But at the sixth extra-hole, the unlucky 13th again, Taylor cracked and sliced his tee-shot into water while Kuchar kept his nerve with a par to seal victory and claim his first US Tour win since 2002.

Tied for the lead after 72 holes, neither player managed to win after two holes of a sudden-death play-off on Sunday. They birdied the first extra hole and parred the second before play was suspended because of darkness.

“After everything, to then have this playoff…I can’t remember being so nervous. I missed a short putt on the first playoff hole to seal the deal, and it was straight nerves, the reason why I missed that.”

“I putted great all week and don’t think I missed even one of those all week, but I happened to miss it when it was for the win.

Kuchar believes he made up for his miss, though.

“To make that great putt on 18, the second playoff hole, and then grind it out and make that nice up-and-down on No 12 were life savers. Thrteen was kind of my nemesis all week; the one hole I struggled with.

“So to get a par there and seal the deal was great,” a delighted Kuchar added.

His best previous finish this year was a fifth-place tie at the Memorial Tournament in June.

ALL THE FINAL ROUND SCORES
(USA unless stated, par 72):

271 Matt Kuchar 67 68 67 69 (Kuchar beat Taylor in the Monday morning play-off at the 6th extra hole)
271 Vaughn Taylor 67 67 71
272 Leif Olson 66 69 68 69, Tim Petrovic 66 71 68 67
273 John Senden (Aus) 67 71 68 67, Jimmy Walker 68 69 70 66
274 Jeev Milkha Singh (Ind) 70 72 68 64, Rodney Pampling (Aus) 69 69 65 71, Bo Van Pelt 70 66 73 65, Harrison Frazar 75 65 69 65, Webb Simpson 70 72 67 65
275 Rory Sabbatini (Rsa) 73 66 70 66, Scott Piercy 70 66 66 73, Peter Lonard (Aus) 70 72 70 63
276 Fredrik Jacobson (Swe) 69 67 69 71, Justin Rose (Eng) 69 70 71 66, Davis Love III 71 70 66 69
277 D.A. Points 69 69 69 70, Scott Gutschewski 68 73 69 67, James Nitties (Aus) 70 72 67 68, Nick O’Hern (Aus) 73 70 68 66, Charles Howell III 69 72 67 69
278 Kevin Stadler 68 70 71 69, Michael Allen 72 67 71 68, Robert Garrigus 69 70 72 67, Jonathan Byrd 69 69 67 73, Jason Bohn 71 67 70 70, D.J. Trahan 73 70 69 66
279 Dustin Johnson 69 70 69 71, Aaron Baddeley (Aus) 70 68 73 68, Colt Knost 73 70 68 68, Martin Laird (Sco) 69 70 69 71, Ben Curtis 71 68 72 68, Matt Weibring 70 71 69 69
280 Will MacKenzie 71 67 70 72, Ben Crane 74 69 69 68, Adam Scott (Aus) 68 70 70 72, Corey Pavin 71 71 70 68, Mathias Gronberg (Swe) 73 69 64 74, Brandt Snedeker 71 67 70 72, Nicholas Thompson 68 67 69 76
281 Bill Haas 73 69 68 71, Arjun Atwal (Ind) 71 69 72 69, K J Choi (Kor) 70 70 71 70, Kevin Streelman 70 69 69 73, Matthew Jones (Aus) 68 72 70 71
282 Brendon De Jonge 72 70 71 69, Richard S Johnson (Swe) 72 70 69 71, Chris Stroud 69 71 73 69, Greg Chalmers (Aus) 73 68 69 72, Troy Matteson 70 67 75 70, Carl Pettersson (Swe) 72 71 72 67, Steve Elkington (Aus) 73 70 69 70, Mark Wilson 73 68 71 70
283 Kent Jones 69 72 71 71, Michael Sim (Aus) 75 66 72 70, Dean Wilson 73 69 73 68, Ken Duke 68 73 69 73
284 Aaron Watkins 74 66 75 69, Casey Wittenberg 70 71 71 72, Ted Purdy 71 70 72 71, Alex Cejka (Ger) 71 70 69 74, Stuart Appleby (Aus) 72 70 70 72
285 Jarrod Lyle (Aus) 71 68 74 72, Nathan Green (Aus) 72 70 72 71, Brian Vranesh 71 70 73 71, Andres Romero (Arg) 75 67 69 74, Bob Heintz 70 70 75 70
286 Aron Price (Aus) 72 65 71 78, Matt Bettencourt 72 70 68 76
287 Chris Riley 71 71 71 74, Joe Durant 72 70 72 73
288 Mark Calcavecchia 72 71 70 75, Roland Thatcher 71 72 74 71
292 Jason Gore 71 72 74 75

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