Kuchar survives Singapore Open meltdown

Ruben Hill
January 21, 2020

Olympic bronze medallist Matt Kuchar fought back from a triple-bogey to win the SMBC Singapore Open yesterday in a boost ahead of the Tokyo Games, while Rio 2016 victor Justin Rose finished second.

He dropped two shots in the first five holes but managed three birdies later on to finish one-under 71 for a total of nine-under 275. Compounding his woes, his approach shot flew left of the green and went out of bounds.

"Seven was a disastrous hole to make (a) triple-bogey", said the world number 24. "I'm awfully proud of being able to bounce back from adversity".

The 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist and a nine-time victor on the PGA TOUR had four birdies on his front-nine and another five in his back nine for a total of 17-under 196. "I was pleased, really pleased to be able to bounce back".

Kuchar steadied his round with three birdies on his back nine to win the tournament co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO). He added: "It was a good game against Iulia, and she beat me in dress and heels too. This is a nice start and I feel I can build some momentum from it", said Rose.

"Matt [Kuchar] was incredible you know, after that eight he still recovered and won with class".

Kuchar responded with bogey-free golf the rest of the way and three birdies, including two in his final three holes, to shoot a closing 1-under 70 and finish at 18 under, three shots ahead of runner-up Justin Rose.

"There are many things to improve and after playing alongside Matt I can see that I need to do a lot of things. It's really good opportunity to play with these guys and see what it takes to step up to the next level".

All 3 gamers were now verified in the area for The 149 th Open at Royal St George's, while four much more reserved their places in the last significant of the year via the Open Qualifying Series.

Canada's Richard T. Lee published birdies at the 15 th as well as 18 th to safeguard 5th area, while Poom Saksansin ensured an Open launching this summertime after do with a round-of-the-day 65.

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