Tour Tracker: Kuchar (64) wins RBC Heritage

Matt Kuchar had seven birdies in his first 10 holes on Sunday to take control at the RBC Heritage.
Matt Kuchar had seven birdies in his first 10 holes on Sunday to take control at the RBC Heritage. ( Getty Images )

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Matt Kuchar fired a 7-under 64 on Sunday to capture his first title of 2014, overcoming Luke Donald to win the RBC Heritage by a single shot.

Kuchar's victory comes on the heels of three consecutive top-5 finishes, including holding a share of the leads at the Masters and Shell Houston Open on Sundays.

Here's how it all unfolded on Sunday afternoon:

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Update #21: 5:29 p.m. EDT

With 4-iron in hand from the fairway, Luke Donald comes up short of the green and leaves himself a long chip to try and force a tie.

Donald's chip shot skirts by on the right, definitely scaring the hole and that hands the title to Matt Kuchar.

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Update #20: 5:21 p.m. EDT

Luke Donald is about 5 feet short on his tee ball, but finds the green, leaving himself about 25 feet for a birdie.

His birdie putt looks good all the way until the end, when it settles about 2 inches left of the cup. He'll need a birdie on 18 to force a playoff.

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Update #19: 5:08 p.m. EDT

Luke Donald misses a birdie putt from 30 feet by mere inches on 16 and stays at 10 under, a shot back of Matt Kuchar, who is in the clubhouse.

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Update #18: 4:54 p.m. EDT

Well, Matt Kuchar should be able to forget about 17 now, as he holes out from a greenside bunker on No. 18 to move back into the solo lead at 11 under. He fired a 7-under 64 on Sunday to make his run to the top of the leaderboard.

Meanwhile, Luke Donald pars the par-5 15th to stay at 10 under.

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Update #17: 4:42 p.m. EDT

Matt Kuchar misses a golden opportunity on No. 17 to extend his lead, but 3-putts from just over 4 feet and he falls back to 10 under, tied with Luke Donald for the lead.

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Update #16: 4:37 p.m. EDT

Amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick cards 18 pars on Sunday to finish the tournament at 2 under, currently T-23.

Fitzpatrick missed the cut by a single shot at the Masters last week and is the defending U.S. Amateur champion.

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Update #15: 4:31 p.m. EDT

Matt Kuchar gets a couple of good bounces off the 16th tee and settles to the right side of the cart path. From there he manages to find the green and nearly jars a 30-foot birdie attempt, settling for par and retaining his one-shot advantage.

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Update #14: 4:18 p.m. EDT

Ben Martin is also making a move, picking up a second consecutive birdie, the latest from 3 feet on the par-3 14th hole to move to 10 under, just one off the lead.

Leader Matt Kuchar struggles on the par-5 15th, although an impressive up-and-down from a buried lie in a greenside bunker allows him to stay at 11 under.

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Update #13: 4:13 p.m. EDT

With a fantastic approach to a foot at the 12th, Luke Donald moves to 10 under and is a shot back of Matt Kuchar.

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Update #12: 4:08 p.m. EDT

With a 12-footer for birdie on No. 13, Ben Martin has moved to T-2 at 9 under, two off the lead. Martin won twice on the Web.com Tour last season.

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Update #11: 4:01 p.m. EDT

Luke Donald responds to his bogey on No. 10 (hit the water off the tee) with an 8-footer for birdie on No. 11 and he's back to 9 under, two shots back of Matt Kuchar, who is currently playing the par-5 15th.

Donald is solo second.

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Update #10: 3:39 p.m. EDT

Nicholas Thompson hits a beautiful approach into the par-4 10th hole and knocks in a 2-footer for birdie to move to 9 under, tied with Luke Donald just two shots back of Matt Kuchar.

Thompson is looking for his first PGA Tour victory, with his only second-place finish coming in 2008.

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Update #9: 3:33 p.m. EDT

Luke Donald buries an 8-footer for birdie on the ninth hole to move to 9 under and two back of Matt Kuchar. Donald makes the turn at 1 under on the round.

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Update #8: 3:16 p.m. EDT

Make that seven birdies in 10 holes after Matt Kuchar drains a 16-footer on No. 10 to move to 11 under and he now has a three-shot lead over Luke Donald, Ben Martin and John Huh.

Donald double-bogeyed No. 6, but followed with a birdie at No. 7 to stay even on his round.

Watch Kuchar's birdie:

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Update #7: 2:58 p.m. EDT

Looks like Matt Kuchar might be a bit tired of not closing the deal on Sundays, as he adds his sixth birdie of the day at the short par-4 9th to move into the solo lead at 10 under.

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Update #6: 2:52 p.m. EDT

Luke Donald fails to move back in front at the par-5 5th, settling for a par and he remains in a tie for the lead with Matt Kuchar.

John Huh picks up a sloppy bogey on the 5th to drop to 8 under and T-3 with Brian Stuard and Ben Martin.

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Update #5: 2:46 p.m. EDT

Matt Kuchar makes another birdie, the latest on the par-4 8th, and he is now in a three-way tie for the lead at 9 under with John Huh and Luke Donald.

His fifth birdie of the front nine came from 15 feet.

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Update #4: 2:41 p.m. EDT

There are a pair of players within striking distance that are looking for their first PGA Tour victories, including Brian Stuard, who just birdied the par-4 6th hole to move to 8 under, just one off the lead. Stuard has a pair of second-place finishes on Tour.

Ben Martin is also looking for his first win and is just two shots back at 7 under. The Clemson grad has just two top 10s in 41 career starts on the PGA Tour.

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Update #3: 2:22 p.m. EDT

With a 6-footer at No. 6, Matt Kuchar moves to 8 under, although he's now one back of both Luke Donald and John Huh.

Huh is 3 under through three holes, using an eagle at No. 2 and a 2-footer for birdie at No. 3 to move into a tie for the lead.

Donald birdied the par-5 2nd hole, but missed a 10-footer for birdie on No. 3.

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Update #2: 2:02 p.m. EDT

Luke Donald opens his final round with a solid par. Donald is looking for his sixth PGA Tour victory of his career, but his first since March 2012 at the Transitions Championship.

Donald had only seven Tour starts coming into the week, but does have a pair of top 10s, including a T-4 at the Valspar Championship. He has only one missed cut – last week at the Masters.

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Update #1: 1:55 p.m. EDT

Well, no shock here, as Matt Kuchar has now moved into solo second with three birdies in his first four holes to move to 7 under, just a shot back of Luke Donald.

Kuchar was tied for the lead early in the final round at the Masters, while also losing in a playoff at the Shell Houston Open and finishing T-4 at the Valero Texas Open.

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Saturday's coverage

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Friday's coverage

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Thursday's coverage

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