Grading the RBC Heritage
Matt Kuchar and Luke Donald stole the show on Sunday at Hilton Head but the wntire week was a pretty great reprieve from the intensity of Augusta National.
It's fitting that the man who owns every pastel-colored hat ever created in the history of golf would win on Easter Sunday.
Matt Kuchar took home his seventh PGA Tour win on Sunday by one stroke over Luke Donald at the RBC Heritage on a holiday weekend that included a pretty fun finish.
It sounds simple.
It was not simple.
Kuchar led going to the 17th hole where he stuck his tee shot at the par-3 to four feet. He then proceeded to three-putt for bogey to fall into a tie for the lead with Donald:
Kuchar then went on to birdie the famous No. 18 hole at Hilton Head in the most unconventional manner, with a holed bunker shot that had him doing a dance in the sand.
After his round Kuchar told CBS' Jim Nantz he was confident about the shot even if he didn't know he could hole it out.
"I looked at Lance, my caddie, and said 'that's not that bad of a spot,'" said Kuchar.
"Not that bad of a spot" turned into the shot of the weekend (see video at the top).
"That was a full on Augusta National roar," said Kuchar. "I didn't know what to do. I was pumped up, the roar was so loud. I knew that was pretty much to seal the tournament."
The man known on tour as "Kooooch" polished off his final-round 64 (the round of the day, by the way), that probably could have been a 62, as dramatically as possible.
It was a win that spoke to the theory that if you keep putting yourself at the top of the leaderboard enough times, you'll eventually receive the luck you need to take home a trophy (Kuchar told his kids it was "trophy-gettin' time" after the tournament was over).
Kuchar told Sir Nick Faldo he doesn't enter lesser tournaments such as the RBC Heritage with any less concentration than he would the Masters or US Open.
"I try to treat this tournament with every bit as much intention as I would treat a major."
Kuchar has now won PGA Tour tournaments in Florida (twice), New York, New Jersey, Arizona, Ohio, and South Carolina. As diverse as his hat collection.
Next step for him?
Winning that major.
Here are our grades for the RBC Heritage:
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