The American suffered late heartache at Royal Birkdale as he found
himself on the receiving end of Jordan Spieth's remarkable last-gasp
With five holes to go and Kuchar leading by one, Spieth suddenly went
on a birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie run to leave his countryman trailing in
Kuchar admitted afterwards it was a crushing blow.
"To be this close, to taste it with five holes to go, it's a hard one to sit back and take," he said.
The world goes on, however, and Kuchar must pick himself up and
refocus his attention on the Canadian Open at Glen Abbey, where he has
finished second, seventh and ninth in the past.
He's already had a chance to catch up with course designer Jack
Nicklaus, who was on hand to offer words of advice and condolence.
"We talked about how I thought he played an awfully good tournament,
did awfully well, and just he ran into a buzzsaw on the last few holes,"
"That's what it amounted to.
"He lost by three shots as it turned out and Jordan holed putts on
13, 14, 15, 16, 17. If he misses three of them, it's a tie. If he misses
four of them, Matt wins."
Also in Canada this week are world No 1 Dustin Johnson and Englishman Ian Poulter.
Poulter finished a very respectable T14th at Birkdale, one of only 20
players under par, while Johnson had to settle for T54th at four over.