Part of the Lucent Technologies Tour de las Americas, the Masters was sent into a playoff this year, and was not decided until the fifth extra hole.
After finishing in a tie for first at 12-under-par in regulation, the two battled it out with a series of five pars, until Kuchar hit a poor tee shot at the par-3 17th, and then missed his long attempt for par.
'That sort of playoff is hard on the nerves,' Fretes said. 'I feel very fortunate.'
Said the former Georgia Tech standout: 'I hit a number of poor shots during the day but to save one more bad one of the playoff was obviously disappointing.'
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