For the better part of 27 holes, we were left with the twitchery of one Kevin Na, whose golf swing has more stops and starts than a ’57 Ford, except that Na couldn’t send out for spare parts, at least none that would make him run any smoother.
Before the final round of The Players Championship got too far off the starting line, the sputtering infected Na’s putter and, soon enough, he drove himself into a ditch, watching the winner flawlessly steer his way around TPC Sawgrass.
Na, Na, Na, not now. Maybe not ever.
Instead, the ever-popular Matt Kuchar, who grins every time someone yells “Kooch” from the gallery, had plenty of reasons to smile on Sunday with a victory at The Players. Kuchar took the high road all afternoon while the pretenders took turns spewing one opportunity after another down the stretch of championship golf’s most complicated course.
Kuchar was tied for the lead late into Sunday at The Masters. So, since he nearly won a major, it was apropos that he won an event that’s nearly a major. The $1.71 million first prize doesn’t hurt much, either.
As the professional golf season turns toward the next major, the U.S. Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, we add one more name – Kuchar’s – to an ever-growing list of those capable of winning.
In the meantime, world No. 1 Rory McIlroy went 0-for-the-Players, having played three times and having whiffed on making the cut thrice. He hit the road running.
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