Matt Kuchar holed a bunker shot for a birdie at the 18th hole Sunday, giving him a one-stroke victory in the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town in Hilton Head, S.C.
The bunker shot came just after Kuchar had three-putted from only four feet on the par-3 17th hole. Instead of making a birdie and building what would have been a two-shot lead, Kuchar made bogey and dropped back into a share of the lead with Luke Donald, who was playing two holes behind Kuchar.
Kuchar recovered from the three-putt -- "It's not that big of a deal. Let's go to 18,'' Kuchar said he told himself after the three-putt -- made the bunker shot at 18 and won the tournament's first-place check, trophy and plaid champions' jacket.
"That was a full Augusta National roar,'' Kuchar said of the gallery's reaction to his bunker shot on the final hole. "... I knew that was pretty much to win the tournament.''
A final-round score of 7-under-par 64 led Kuchar to the victory; he finished at 11 under par for the tournament. Donald (69 on Sunday) finished at 10 under. Ben Martin (67) and John Huh (68) tied at 9 under.
Scott Brown (67) and Brian Stuard (68) finished at 7 under, with Jim Furyk (70) alone at 6 under. Rory Sabbatini (68) and Russell Knox (70) completed play at 5 under. Six players -- Stuart Appleby (67), Jordan Spieth (67), Matt Every (71), JSaon Kokrak (70), Charl Schwartzel (72) and Nicholas Thompson (72) -- all finished at 4 under.
Of the players with connections to Alabama and the Gulf Coast, Graeme McDowell (70) finished at 2 under, Boo Weekley (68) at 3 over, Stewart Cink (74) at 4 over and Brandt Snedeker (73) at 8 over.