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Matt Kuchar magic steals RBC Heritage title from Donald

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Matt Kuchar capped a dazzling display of golf by holing his bunker shot at the last for a 64 to win the RBC Heritage title by just a single shot ahead of Luke Donald at Harbour Town, South Carolina. 

The American, 35, looked to have blown his chances of victory once again when he inexplicably three-putted from no more than four feet for a damaging bogey at the par-three 17th - putting him back into a share of the lead with his English opponent. 

However, Kuchar was not to be undone like he was in the last two weeks at Houston and Georgia. His approach into 18 may have found the front trap, but to continue a growing trend on the PGA Tour this season, he holed from the bunker for an incredible birdie that would eventually be the difference between him and Donald.

The Englishman led by two overnight but failed to see victory out, meaning a third second-place finish at Hilton Head in the last five years. It's also over two years since the Hemel Hempstead golfer won in the USA. 

Scotland's Russell Knox shot a one-under par round of 70 to sit just inside the top 10 on minus five, a round matched by defending champion Graeme McDowell who at two under finished in a tie for 23rd. 

Young American Jordan Spieth - who last week held a three-shot lead at the Masters before Bubba Watson overhauled him - continued his fine form with another good finish. His total of four under saw him sit just outside the top 10 on tied-12th. 

Kuchar, though, can finally breathe a sigh of relief after a much-deserved victory that continues an unbelievable run of form for the now seven-time PGA Tour winner. The relief was clear for all to see as he sat with his children, Carson and Cameron, waiting to see if Donald could repeat his own heroics by holing out at the last. 

Only two weeks ago, Kuchar need only find the green and two putt at the last to win, but tugged his approach into water down the left and went on to lose in a playoff to Australian Matt Jones. 

Then, at Augusta, he at one point led in the final round but struggled with his putting - he four-putted one Georgian green - and had to watch on as Watson claimed his second Green Jacket. 

When he three putted the 17th from nowhere, it looked like he may leave empty handed yet again. 

This time around, he wasn't to be denied, and even said to his caddy before his third shot at the last in Harbour Town: "I'm about due to make one of these." 

True to his word, he did. That left Donald needing a birdie in his last three holes to force a playoff, but even though his birdie putt on 17 just slipped past the hole before his chip shot down 18 did exactly the same, he couldn't find another gain - leaving Kuchar to be awarded the tartan jacket famously handed to every winner in South Carolina. 

It's certainly not the most sought after jacket in golf, but after near misses aplenty for Kuchar in recent weeks, it'll certainly take pride of place in his wardrobe. For now. 

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