WITB: Matt Kuchar Wins Mayakoba Classic, Weekend Tour Wrap Up

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PGA Tour

Fan Favorite Matt Kuchar Wins in Mexico

There are certain people who all fans root for simply because of their reputation for being a class act. Matt Kuchar is one of those people. Whenever he participates in an event, the familiar chant of “Kuuuuuuuch” can clearly be heard on the telecasts. However, as the veteran star presses into the autumn years of his PGA Tour career, he is adjusting to being an elder-statesman on Tour.

At the age of 40, Kuchar is almost twice as old as some of his fiercest competitors. And, while he has not won on Tour since 2014, at the Mayakoba Classic in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico he exercised some of the outright professionalism that has consistently kept Kuchar near the top of the game for the better part of a decade.

Kuchar held a sizeable lead heading into Sunday’s final round, but some shaky play down the stretch left him one shot ahead of Danny Lee with a 3-foot par putt on 18 for the win. In his cool demeanor, Kuchar calmly walked up and knocked in the putt for the long-awaited victory.

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Matt Kuchar hired local caddie ‘El Tucan’ to win at Mayakoba. Photo via @PGATour Twitter

A man who was unsure if he was ever again going to beat the twenty-somethings who possess so much power and skill, now has his sights set on multiple wins in 2019. These are the clubs he used to win the Mayakoba Classic, vaulting him up the early FedEx Cup standings to fifth.

  • Driver: Bridgestone Tour B JGR (9.5 degrees), with Fujikura ATMOS Black 6X shaft

  • Fairway Wood: Titleist TS2 (13.5 degrees), with Fujikura Speeder Evolution 757X shaft

  • Hybrid: Bridgestone Tour B HD-X (18 degrees), Ping Anser (20 degrees), with Fujikura Motore Speeder HB 8.8 Tour Spec X shafts

  • Irons: Bridgestone J15 Cavity Back (5-PW), with SteelFiber Aerotech shafts

  • Wedges: Bridgestone J40 Forged (52 degrees), Cleveland RTX-4 (56 degrees), with SteelFiber Aerotech shafts; Cleveland RTX-4 (62 degrees), with KBS 610 Wedge 120S shaft

  • Putter: Bettinardi Kuchar Model 1 Arm Lock

  • Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X

European Tour

Lee Westwood Captures First Victory Since 2014

As Matt Kuchar locked up his first victory in almost five years, halfway around the globe in South Africa another former champion, Lee Westwood found the winner’s circle at the Nedbank Golf Challenge, the second Race for Dubai playoff event, for his first victory in a long time.

How long, to be exact? Exactly as long as it has been since Matt Kuchar won his last event. Incredibly, both men had not won (on the PGA or European Tour) for 1,666 days. Westwood’s victory was a little less nerve-wracking, as he cruised home to a 3-shot victory over Andalucia Masters champion, Sergio Garcia.

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Lee Westwood wins Nedbank Challenge. Photo via EuroSport

The European Tour heads to Dubai for the final event of the season to crown the winner of the Race to Dubai. Francesco Molinari still holds a sizeable advantage over the field and is predicted to add the accolade to his impressive year of golf.

LPGA

Gaby Lopez Wins First Career LPGA Event

The last stop on the LPGA’s Asia swing had the ladies teeing it up at the Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Club on Hainan Island, China. Gaby Lopez out-dueled the World No. 1 and No. 2 players, firing a 1-over 73 in the final round, holding off her fiercest competition ever by 1 stroke.

Gaby’s win marks the first time since Lorena Ochoa that a Mexican-born golfer has won on the LPGA. Building up a four-shot lead with two to play, Gaby, who bogeyed 17 and 18, withstood everything the best in the world had to throw at her.

The ladies return to the United States to finish up their season at the CME Group Tour Championship. Ariya Jutanugarn, the World No. 1 has already locked up the points and Top Ten finishes competitions, so the ladies will be playing for pride and the Tour Championship tournament next weekend.

Champions Tour

Vijay Singh Wins in Phoenix, Langer Captures 4th Charles Schwab Cup in 5 Years

In a rare 4-day event, the Charles Schwab Cup Championship is the final event of the Champions Tour season. Bernhard Langer led Scott McCarron, Miguel Angel Jiménez and the rest of the field by a sizeable, but not insurmountable lead in the Charles Schwab Cup standings heading into the finale at Phoenix Country Club.

McCarron needed a victory and Langer to finish no better than third. However, Vijay Singh shot four rounds in the sixties, including a final round 61 (and personal Champions Tour best round) to win the tournament by 4 strokes.

Langer’s finish of 13th was enough to outlast McCarron’s T-3. Bernhard had won the Charles Schwab Cup for the fourth time in five years.

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Vijay Singh wins Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Photo via SkySports

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Keith Schneider

Web Content Manager at GolfDiscount.com
Keith Schneider Age: 34 Handicap: 4.9 Introduction to golf: Age 14 Playing years: 20 Rounds per year: 75+ Hole in Ones: 1 WITB Driver: Titleist TS2 10.5° Project X HZRDUS Smoke 65 6.5 3 Wood: Cobra King F9 Fairway Wood 3-Wood Project X HZRDUS Smoke 75 6.5 2-Iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi KBS Tour C Taper Lite Stiff 1° weak 1.5° upright Irons: Mizuno MP-68 (4-PW) +1/2" Dynamic Gold X100 2° upright Wedge: Titleist Vokey SM7 51° 8° bounce Dynamic Gold S400 F Grind Wedge: Titleist Vokey SM7 Wedge Works 55° 14° bounce Dynamic Gold S400 F Grind Wedge: Titleist Vokey SM7 Wedge Works 60° 6° bounce Dynamic Gold S400 K Grind Putter: Scotty Cameron Studio Style Newport 2 35" Balls: Titleist ProV1x, TaylorMade Tour Preferred X or Callaway Chrome Soft X
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