Knox impresses as Kuchar triumphs

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Russell Knox continued his fantastic start to the year as he finished in the top-10 for the second time this season.

Knox finished in a tie for ninth place at the RBC Heritage event at Hilton Head, as Matt Kuchar pipped England’s Luke Donald to the title with a holed chip for birdie on the 72nd hole.

The American had impressed with top five finishes in each of his three previous starts, and arguably should have already been in the winners circle earlier in the year, but his magnificent seven-under-par final round of 64 capped off a brilliant comeback as he donned the traditional tartan jacket.
“I heard the crowd go crazy when the thing disappeared. I went crazy myself. It was just an incredible feeling.” - Matt Kuchar

“I told my caddie before that last shot, ‘I’m about due to make one of these,” said Kuchar. “I knew it was at least an easy par. My bunker game is good.

“I went up and took a good read, knew it would release and break right to left, played it just right of the hole, watched it roll.

“I heard the crowd go crazy when the thing disappeared. I went crazy myself. It was just an incredible feeling.”

Kuchar pips Donald to the title

Donald, who began the day with a two-stroke over John Huh and was four groups behind Kuchar, was on the 15th green when he heard the roar from Kuchar’s chip-in.

“I probably should have backed off that putt, because I did hear it,” said Donald, who has finished in the top three at the RBC Heritage five of the last six years. “Someone told me he holed out from the front bunker. I knew what I had to do. On 17 when I hit the tee shot, I was one back and I needed to birdie my last two.

“There was a lot of pressure out there, and I felt it, for sure. I felt like I hit decent shots down the stretch. It wasn’t that relaxing, but Sundays in the final group shouldn’t be. They should be tough and they should be hard. And that’s what you expect.”

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