Matt Kuchar / Stan Bedz / PGA Tour
Matt Kuchar won the WGC Accenture Match-Play tournament at The Golf Course at Dove Mountain, beating the defending Champion Hunter Mahan, 2&1.
Matt spoke the incredible feeling contesting this event;
“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 the top 64 guys in the world, it’s an incredible feeling.”
There was never a dull moment playing the back nine, with only two holes being halved, and both those were with birdies. But the match was effectively ended when Hunter Mahan mis-cued from a tough lie in the bunker to a bush in the desert, and it then took him four shots to reach the 17th green. Kuchar wound up winning, 2 and 1, when Hunter removed the stocking cap he used to fight the cold desert air and conceded Kuchar a short birdie putt.
Hunter Mahan, in the bunker on 17. / Carroll/Getty Images
Hunter admitted the first nine was his undoing;
“Just had a bad stretch against Matt on the front nine there that put me just a little bit too far behind.”
Aussie Jason Day beat Ian Poulter of England for the consolation prize, 1 up. Jason said the pair of them had exchanged some light-hearted banter during the match;
“I won three holes straight, and we were kind of laughing and giggling out there for the first nine, and once we turned the corner on 10, everything got real serious. He obviously made a couple of good clutch pars on 16 and 17.”