Matt Kuchar survived a fourth-round surge from Danny Lee to end the long wait for an eighth tournament victory on the PGA Tour, the 40-year-old winning the Mayakoba Golf Classic by a single shot.
Kuchar went into Sunday with a four-shot lead after a 65 in Round 3, but two late bogeys threatened to allow Lee a chance to snatch the title in Mexico.
Two birdies on the front nine helped keep Kuchar in front, and when he picked up shots at 11 and 13 he looked assured of a first win in more than four years.
However, dropped shots at his next two holes cut his advantage to just a single shot and gave Lee hope of at least forcing a playoff.
Lee, playing in the group ahead, missed a birdie putt at 18 to sign for a solid 65, meaning Kuchar needed only a par to secure the title.
And he managed to regain his composure to achieve that, sinking a 3-footer to finish at 22 under and secure a first title since the RBC Heritage in April 2014.
“It feels extra sweet having kind of had to suffer through a year of not playing great in 2018,” Kuchar told reporters (via PGATour.com). “Being four years removed since my last victory, I realize how difficult it is to win on the PGA Tour.”
The wait is over for Matt Kuchar.
He’s won the @MayakobaGolf Classic!
It’s his first win in 4 1/2 years. #LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/7cdWfZi7QW
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) November 11, 2018
Kim Meen-whee had begun Sunday as Kuchar’s nearest challenger, but his par-round of 71 saw him tumble down the leaderboard to finish in a share of 10th.
As Kim’s challenge faded, three players pushed themselves into contention, J.J. Spaun and Brice Garnett joining Lee on the charge.
Spaun’s 66 earned him a share of third with Richy Werenski, while Garnett was a shot behind them at minus-18.