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Kuchar hangs on to defeat Lee by one in Mexico

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Kuchar hangs on to defeat Lee by one in Mexico
FILE PHOTO: Golf - The 147th Open Championship - Carnoustie, Britain - July 22, 2018 Matt Kuchar of the U.S. in action during the final round REUTERS/Andrew Yates   -   Copyright  ANDREW YATES(Reuters)
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(Reuters) – Matt Kuchar shook off back-to-back bogeys to win his first PGA Tour tournament in more than four years with a one-stroke victory over New Zealand’s Danny Lee at the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico on Sunday.

Kuchar had been in cruise control for much of the tournament but struggles at the 14th and 15th holes enabled Lee to make it interesting as he pulled within one shot with a birdie at the 16th hole at the El Camaleon in Playa del Carmen

Kuchar, playing behind Lee, collected pars on the last three holes, finally winning with a three-foot putt at the 18th after Lee missed a birdie opportunity that would have tied the score.

Despite the late drama, the 40-year-old Kuchar completed the round at two-under-par 69 to finish the week at 22-under 262, the lowest 72-hole score in tournament history.

Kuchar had not won on tour since April 2014 at the RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The title was his eighth on the tour.

Lee shot six-under par 65 to wind up at 21-under 263, equalling the previous tournament record.

Americans J.J. Spaun (66) and Richy Werenski (67) tied for third at 265.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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