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May 26 2013

6:30 PM

Wedge play lets down Kuchar

Matt Kuchar birdied the 18th to finish one shot behind Boo Weekley.

By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Matt Kuchar's wedges let him down Sunday. That cost him a chance to put his name on Colonial's Wall of Champions.

Kuchar entered the final round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial with a one-shot lead but couldn't hold out, as he finished one shot behind winner Boo Weekley.

Kuchar shot a final-round 2-under 68 to Weekley's 66 and walked off the 18th green wondering what happened to his wedge play.

"The biggest letdown for me was my wedge game," Kuchar said. "I had scoring clubs in my hand that I really count on a lot. I had a really good opportunity and just hit ordinary wedge shots and just wasn't able to take advantage of them."

Specifically, Kuchar cited the opening hole, a par-5, when his third shot from 74 yards failed to finish inside 15 feet; his approach from 91 yards at the 11th that finished 16 feet; and his approach from 128 yards at the 15th that landed 64 feet.

He also had an approach from 92 yards at the sixth that landed 21 feet from the pin.

"I feel like those are clubs that I can't wait to get in my hands," Kuchar said, "and today I just wasn't tight enough with the wedges."

Kuchar was seeking his sixth PGA TOUR win on a course that he loves, and for three rounds, he was on track. The second-place finish is his best in seven starts at Colonial.

"It's a tough pill to swallow when you wind up one shot short of a victory here on a course that I really, really want to put my name up on that Wall of Champions," Kuchar said. "... It's difficult at the moment coming just one shot short, but you can't control what other guys do."

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