13 May '12, 11pm

Gary Van Sickle: Matt Kuchar outplays all challengers at Players for first truly big win of career

Gary Van Sickle: Matt Kuchar outplays all challengers at Players for first truly big win of career

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Under the right circumstances, it might have been a shot for the ages, a moment to remember in Masters lore. Had it turned out differently, we might still be talking about that 268-yard 3-wood shot that Matt Kuchar hit to the 15th green under pressure in the Masters final round, and that clutch eagle putt he poured in like it was some kind of gimme. (At about 3 feet, it was.) But Smilin’ Matt bogeyed the next hole, settled for a tie for third and moved back into the category of good-but-not-great players who we can forget about. That all changed Sunday afternoon when Kuchar finished off four days of outplaying, outchipping, outputting and, of course, outsmiling the field and nailed down the first truly big win of his career, the Players Championship. While others charged and fell back, Kuchar plodded around like the savvy, 33-year-old veteran tha...

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