Matt Kuchar beats Danny Lee to win Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico

Matt Kuchar
Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar survived a back-nine wobble to win the Mayakoba Golf Classic, denying Ben Coley's 100/1 tip Danny Lee by a single stroke.

Leaderboard

-22 Kuchar

-21 Lee

-19 Spaun, Werenski

-18 Garnett

-17 Piercy, Varner III, Perez, Furyk

Day four report

Matt Kuchar survived a back-nine wobble to win the Mayakoba Golf Classic, denying Ben Coley's 100/1 tip Danny Lee by a single stroke.

Four birdies in a relatively stress-free first 13 holes saw Kuchar remain clear of the chasing pack but short missed putts at the following two holes saw Lee move within one when he birdied the 16th.

The New Zealander couldn't find another, however, and Kuchar was able to par the final three holes for his first victory since the 2015 Fiji International, his last PGA Tour success having in fact come in 2014 at the RBC Heritage.

Kuchar, 40, made things more interesting than he'd hoped by leaving four feet for the tournament on the last but brushed in the birdie putt for his eighth PGA Tour title.

Second place is Lee's best finish since he shared the same position at the 2015 TOUR Championship and comes little more than a fortnight after he became a father.

Third place was shared by Richy Werenski and JJ Spaun, the latter also part of our pre-tournament staking plan at 66/1.

"It was tough - I certainly didn't want a three-footer on the last to win this thing!" said Kuchar.

"I felt really good, it was just a matter of having some putts go in."

Matt Kuchar
Matt Kuchar held on for a one-shot win

Day three report

American Matt Kuchar hit a six-under par 65 as he moved four shots clear heading into the final round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Playa del Carmen.

Overnight leader Kuchar carded four birdies on the front nine but had to recover after a wild drive at the 14th, which resulted in a bogey, before getting back on course with a two at the par-three 15th.

The 40-year-old, who has not won on the PGA Tour since 2014, now sits clear at 20 under, four shots ahead of Whee Kim, the South Korean signing for a five-under 66 to move up from third place.

American Richy Werenski and Australia's Danny Lee, a pre-tournament 100/1 selection for our Ben Coley, are tied for third, both at 15 under following their rounds of 67, during which each player had two bogeys.

Aaron Wise was the day's biggest mover, up 38 places into a tie for fifth after his eight-under-par 63. Fellow American JJ Spaun, a 66/1 Coley selection, hit a 65 to also move to 14 under, alongside compatriot Cameron Champ who fell three places down the leaderboard.

Champ, who hit a superb 62 on Friday, dropped two shots with a costly six at the par-four last to card a 69 and he will be hoping for better luck around the El Camaleon course during Sunday's finale.

Day two report

Matt Kuchar is the outright leader after the second round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

The American, who went into the day tied for the lead along with compatriots Kramer Hickok and Dominic Bozzelli, hit a seven under 64 and finished Friday on 14 under with a two-shot advantage over big-hitting rookie Cameron Champ.

Kuchar begun with five straight birdies on the front nine. He was leading by one shot when his tee shot sailed right and landed in bushes near rocks. He took a penalty drop in a precarious spot and managed to escape with a bogey following a chip and sensational 35-foot putt.

Champ, going for his second victory this season, had a bogey on the 18th hole to finish with a round of 62.

Anirban Lahiri carded seven birdies on his way to a five under 66, putting him at 11-under for the tournament and tied for third along with six other players heading into the weekend.

Three-time major winner Jordan Spieth missed the cut in his final event of the year. The American was playing in Mexico via an arrangement made with the PGA Tour after he failed to qualify for the Tour Championship and therefore did not play the requisite 25 events.

Day one report

Matt Kuchar is among a trio of players tied for top spot after the first round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

The American made seven birdies and no bogeys to card an opening round of 64 as he looks to bounce back from a disappointing last season.

Joining him at the top of the leaderboard are compatriots Kramer Hickok and Dominic Bozzelli, who both also hit bogey-free rounds at El Camaleon Golf Club.

Bozzelli made four straight birdies on his second nine to propel him into contention.

A total of 15 players are sitting just a shot further back, with defending champion Patton Kizzire among those to hit an opening round of 65.

Kizzire made two eagles in a row on the front nine, holing out with a gap wedge on the par-4 sixth for his second.

Mexico's Abraham Ancer is also in the large group tied on 65, with a bogey on the par-4 12th hole the only blemish in his round.

Several of our selections started well, with Emiliano Grillo, Kevin Chappell and Danny Lee all six-under and Russell Henley a shot further back.

Three-time major winner Jordan Spieth, meanwhile, struggled to make an impression, hitting four birdies and four bogeys for an even-par 71.

Spieth is playing in Mexico via an arrangement made with the PGA Tour after he failed to qualify for the Tour Championship and therefore did not play the requisite 25 events.

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