DUBLIN: Ice-cool Matt Kuchar held off a late challenge from fellow American Kevin Chappellto clinch the Memorial Tournament by two shots on Sunday and become the PGA Tour’s second multiple winner this year.
Leading by two going into the final round at Muirfield Village Golf Club, the 34-year-old Kuchar was never caught as he fired a four-under-par 68 in the high-profile event hosted byJack Nicklaus.
Kuchar birdied all four of the par-fives on the heavily tree-lined layout to remain in control and rubber-stamped his win by sinking a 20-foot birdie putt at the par-four last for a 12-under total of 276.
Chappell, seeking his first PGA Tour victory, birdied four of the last six holes for a bogey-free 68 and outright second place while five-times champion Tiger Woods ended a forgettable week with a 72, finishing a distant 20 strokes off the pace.
American Kyle Stanley, who briefly cut Kuchar’s lead to one with a sizzling run of four birdies in five holes on the front nine, faded to a 71 for third place at seven under.
Kuchar, however, reigned supreme on perhaps the easiest day for scoring in easing winds after a challenging week at Muirfield Village where strong gusts and lightning-fast greens had posed all sorts of problems for the players.