February 27 2011
MARANA, Ariz. -- Matt Kuchar has defeated Bubba Watson 2 and 1 to finish third at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.
Kuchar, whose Accenture Match Play Championship record improved to 6-2, picked up his fourth top-10 finish in five starts this year. Dating back to the start of the 2010 campaign, the American has 15 top-10s in 31 starts, including a playoff win at The Barclays.
“It’s been a great West Coast trip,” Kuchar said. “The people are great and I love the scenery.”
Kuchar wins 200 FedExCup points and $600,000 for finishing third in his second start at the Accenture Match Play Championship. He trailed once in the consolation final -- when Watson eagled the second hole -- but squared the match with a par at the next and never looked back.
“Bubba’s a great guy, a great player,” Kuchar said. “I was lucky today. His driver was off. I was the recipient of some breaks today.”
It’s also been a great West Coast trip for Watson.
Playing in his first Accenture Match Play Championship, Watson takes home 140 points and $490,000 with the fourth-place finish. He won the Farmers Insurance Open earlier this year.
Watson said he and Kuchar both struggled to shake off the disappointing of losing their semifinals matches Saturday afternoon.
“We both struggled,” Watson said. “I struggled more. … Knowing we couldn’t win the championship, we kind of struggled today.”