Matt Kucher hung on in the closing holes yesterday of the Mayakoba Classic at El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, to win his eighth PGA Tour tournament by one stroke over Danny Lee. It ended the crowd favorite, affable Kucher’s 4.5-year drought since his last Tour win. Kucher had to make some testy little par putts those last holes to save the day.
And Vijay Singh turned on his very capable birdie game by coming from six strokes behind on the last day to shoot a tournament-tying, eleven under par 61 to win the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Phoenix Country Club in Phoenix, Arizona, by four strokes. In his case, he got the putter going, holing two thirty footers for birdie on the 16th and 17th holes. His birdie putt on the 18th, which made no difference, missed for a 60. Vijay still plays occasionally on the regular Tour with the young guys, where he won a whopping 34 tournaments that got him into the Hall of Fame in his early 40s. Yet he is now a permanent fixture on the Champions Tour.And Bernhard Langer–the 61-year old guy who never seems to get older despite that number–won the season-long Cup for the fifth time in the last seven years. And he finished second those other two years or he would have made it seven in a row. Someone should check Langer’s birth certificate. Maybe he’s some kind of “birther.”