Kevin Na came into Sunday with a one stroke lead over Kuchar and got off to a pretty decent start with a birdie on the second hole of the day. However, he just wasn't the same player after the fourth hole, making four bogeys over the next five holes to shoot a front nine 39 and play himself out of contention. With that said, though, it wasn't necessarily an easy win for Matt by any means.
Three players had a chance to really put some pressure on him heading down the stretch but in the end were not able to. Once Zach Johnson birdied the 16th hole I though he had a good chance to catch up to Kuchar, but made par on 17 and hit a poor tee shot on 18 to seal his fate. Martin Laird had a hot back nine stretch of four birdies over six holes but made a disappointing bogey on 18. Lastly, Rickie Fowler was also in the mix after making birdies on 16 and 17, and had about a five foot putt for birdie on the last but pushed it to the right to tie Laird and Johnson at -11 overall.
Kuchar came into 17 with a three stroke lead but three putted for bogey on the par 3 to make things interesting. Once the three players mentioned earlier finished two shots back it was pretty much over, as Matt was able to play safely on the last hole and ended up making par for the win. The victory now move him to fifth in the world golf rankings, for a total of six Americans now in the top 10.
Aside from the win by Matt Kuchar, Luke Donald had an impressive finish to the event with a final round 66 to vault him into sixth place alone. Phil Mickelson capped off his induction into the Hall of Fame with a T25 finish after shooting a final round 73, and Tiger Woods also had a 73 to finish T40 at -1 overall, 12 shots behind Kuchar.
Ryan Kekoufski is a scratch golfer who has both played and watched the sport for well over a decade. He covers sports for the Yahoo! Contributor Network, and currently resides in Virginia. Follow him on Twitter @RyanKekoufski
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