February 23 2013
MARANA, Ariz. -- Matt Kuchar birdied three of his first four holes and never looked back as he beat Nicolas Colsaerts.
Kuchar was 2 up after that early run, then won the seventh hole with a par and got up and down from beside the green at the par-5 eighth. His lead at the turn, though, was 3 up after he couldn't save par at No. 9.
The two opponents halved the next five holes with two birdies and three pars. When Colsaerts missed the green at the 15th hole along with a 9-footer for par, Kuchar had the win.
"I feel really good," Kuchar said. "Got off to a great start, birdied 1, 3, 4, and kept things going really well, put the pressure on. I tried not to give any holes away. Excited about the way I'm playing and looking forward to this afternoon."
Kuchar has reached the consolation final and quarterfinals the last two years. His record is now 12-3.
SCORECARD STATS: Kuchar made six birdies and two bogeys. Colsaerts made two birdies and two bogeys.
HOLES WON: Kuchar won six holes. Colsaerts won two holes.
NEXT OPPONENT: Robert Garrigus, who beat Fredrik Jacobson 3 and 1