Kuchar pips Donald to Heritage crown

Matt Kuchar holed a bunker shot at the 18th to end his run of near misses by winning the RBC Heritage.

The American went into the tournament at Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island with six top-10 finishes this season and started the day four shots behind overnight leader Luke Donald.

He carded a final round of seven-under-par 64 to finish on 11-under-par 273, but he left the heroics until the final hole. Having dropped a shot at the 17th to move into a tie with Donald, Kuchar holed a 20-yard sand shot for birdie at the par-four 18th to win by one stroke.

“I wish it wasn’t that great a finish but I made it that way after 17 and, man, that was so thrilling to see that ball disappear,” said Kuchar. “To hole the bunker shot in that fashion is something I’ll never forget. That was a full-on Augusta National roar (from the gallery).”

He added: “I know that’s not a characteristic of mine to three-putt from four feet (and) I wanted to have another chance.”

Third-round leader Donald carded a final round of 69, but he also had his chances only to miss a 30-yeard birdie chip on the final hole and claim yet another top three finish at the RBC Heritage.

It was a mixed front nine with a double bogey at the sixth and three birdies while a bogey at the 10th was followed by back-to-back birdies.

“I caught a gust there and took me right out of my rhythm and (hit a) big snap hook,” he said. “I hit a poor tee shot (into a water hazard) on 10 and would love to have given myself a better chance on 18 but other than that I hit a lot of solid shots.”

The Englishman was one shot ahead of Ben Martin and John Huh with Brian Stuard and Scott Brown another two shots adrift.