Kuchar closes with 4-under 68 to win Memorial


DUBLIN, Ohio – Amid another day of firm and fast conditions at Muirfield Village, Matt Kuchar was able to keep the field at bay, claiming the trophy at the Memorial Tournament thanks to a 4-under 68 in the final round:

Leaderboard: Matt Kuchar (-12), Kevin Chappell (-10), Kyle Stanley (-7), Scott Stallings (-6), Bill Haas (-6), Russell Henley (-5), Matt Jones (-5)

What it means: After a four-shot lead was trimmed to two with two holes to play, Kuchar was able to hold off a hard-charging Chappell, clinching the win with a birdie on the 72nd hole. It’s the fifth consecutive top-10 finish at Muirfield Village for Kuchar, who now joins Tiger Woods as the only multiple winners this season the PGA Tour.

Round of the day: While many players struggled to find their footing early Sunday, Scott Stallings was able to race up the leaderboard thanks to five straight birdies on holes 4-8. Despite a pair of bogeys on his final three holes, Stallings fired the low round of the day with a 5-under 67 that included seven total birdies, propelling the two-time PGA Tour champion to his second straight top-10 finish after missing the cut in each of his four starts before last week’s T-4 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.

Best of the rest: Playing in the final group, Chappell began slowly but ended with a flurry. The former UCLA standout carded 12 straight pars to begin his round Sunday, but added four birdies across his final six holes to cut into Kuchar’s advantage, including an approach shot to within 3 feet for a tap-in birdie on the 18th hole. His 4-under 68 was bogey-free, the only such round seen this weekend at Muirfield Village.

Biggest disappointment: A winner here in 2010, Justin Rose was expected to contend Sunday after starting the final round within three shots of Kuchar’s lead. Despite an eagle at the par-5 fifth hole, though, the Englishman was largely a nonfactor, making bogeys on four of his first 12 holes. Ultimately, Rose fell back into a tie for eighth after a 1-over 73 on Sunday, the only player to finish in the top 10 despite an over-par score in the final round.

Quote of the day: “This is such an amazing feeling. This stuff never gets old.” – Kuchar