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Kuchar survives scare to end golf title drought

Kuchar survives scare to end golf title drought

He was two shots clear of third-placed American pair J J Spaun and Richy Werenski. "But I didn't know what Matt was going to do, or the other players were going to do".

The bogey was the only blemish on a round that included seven birdies, leaving him 21 under for the tournament with a 72-hole aggregate of 263.

"I forgot what par was, to be honest", he said.

Lee, who last month became a father, started the final round on Monday (NZT) tied third five shots adrift of Kuchar, then fired a 6-under 65 to close to within a shot after 16 holes.

Kuchar briefly lost his composure for a spell of back-to-back bogeys from the 14th, but Lee had missed his own costly par-save on 15 hole to keep the defecit at two shots. Cameron Champ, the wunderkind PGA Tour rookie who captured the Sanderson Farms Championship recently for his first PGA Tour title, double bogeys the final hole but is still in contention in a tie for fifth at 14 under.

Kuchar too started well, sitting at four-under through 13 holes, but two straight bogies reduced what was a four-shot buffer to just a solitary stroke. Just like Friday, however, one hole gave him stress. Kuchar took a penalty from the hazard, and dropped in a good lie a few inches next to the cart path. It came up just short of the green, and he chipped to 5 feet and made the bogey putt.

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Westwood won back-to-back Nedbank titles in 2010-11, before the event was part of the tour, but hadn't tasted victory on the European Tour since April 2014.

Kuchar responded with a tee shot to 4 feet on the par-3 15th to restore his margin to four shots, and he caught a break on the last hole when he pulled his approach, but it struck a tree and came down in light rough to set up a simple up-and-down.

The South African-born 22-year-old from California, who bagged a maiden PGA Tour win last season at the AT&T Byron Nelson, played flawlessly to register eight birdies and no pars.

Rickie Fowler, last year's runner-up, is back at 10 under after only managing a two-under 69 in the third round.

Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk closed with a 67 and was among those who tied for sixth. "But it's got signs now of righting the ship and turning into a great start to. maybe it's a great finish to '18, great start to '18-19, however you want to classify the calendar".


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