Hunter Mahan bested Matt Kuchar in the quarterfinals of the Accenture Match Play Championship just a year ago on his way to the title. This time around, though, Kuchar sought vengeance and emerged on top, defeating Mahan 2 and 1 in the final match at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club.
After Kuchar won the fourth hole with a par, he never looked back on his run to the title. With six holes won on the day, Kuchar ultimately forced Mahan to concede the final hole. The gap narrowed towards the end, but Kuchar held off a comeback run as he finished the 17th hole with a short birdie putt.
Kuchar now has won 14 of 16 matches in the World Golf Championships and sits on a 15-3 overall record. For Mahan, it was his first loss in 12 matches.
In the third-place match, Jason Day bounced back from his semifinal loss to defeat Ian Poulter. Day bogeyed the 16th and 17th holes to open the door for Poulter on the 18th, but his 9-foot putt for par sealed the deal. He improves to 8-3 at the Accenture Match Play, while Poulter falls to 22-11.
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