Matt Kuchar played one of the best tournaments of his career over the weekend to win The Players Championship, referred to by many as the fifth major. It also happens to be the biggest purse in all of golf. More importantly, he earned a three-year exemption to the U.S. Open, Masters, and British Open.
Kuchar pulled out a clutch win on Sunday. He took the lead halfway through his last round and would not give it up the rest of the way. He played steady throughout the back nine while all of his competitors were making mistake after mistake. He ended the tournament with a final round 70 to win by two shots. The victory was his fourth on the PGA Tour and by far the most important yet.
Kuchar has one of golf’s best outlooks. He never gets angry if he plays bad, he never speaks negatively about anyone and he rarely if ever uses an expletive. He was overheard on Saturday saying “stinker” just after he hit a shot he was not happy with.
The start to his last round was not the best. He bogeyed the first hole and was down by three shots to Kevin Na. He just stuck to his game, took the birdies when they came and made clutch par putts when needed for the rest of his round.
After sinking his par putt on the 18th hole to win by two shots, he was greeted by his two sons and wife who ran out onto the girl to congratulate him. He hugged his mom, who taught him to enjoy the game and have fun when he played. He also hugged his father who used to caddie for him as an amateur.