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By Matt McCoy
Matt Kuchar has flirted with winning the Memorial before. His last four finishes before this year were ties for 10th, 8th, 5th and 2nd. He broke through this time around, winning the 38th Memorial Tournament by two shots.
Kuchar finished at 12-under par, two shots better than Kevin Chappell. For Kuchar, it's his second win on the PGA tour this year, joining Tiger Woods as this season's only multiple winners.
"Man this feels good," Kuchar said. "This tournament is truely special to me. To see the champions who have won here and now to put my name on that list of champions and to put my name anywhere in association with Mr. (Jack) Nicklaus, it's his tournmament, it is such a great honor."
Kuchar finished in style with a 20-foot birdie putt on 18. His weekend scorecard reads like a palindrome...68-70-70-68.
"We're very happy to have Matt as the winner," Nicklaus said. "Kooch has been a good player and has played very well for a lot of year...we're delighted that he's our champion."
Kuchar's win jumped him five spots to number four in this week's World Golf Rankings.
To listen to Kuchar's post-tournament press conference click HERE:
Frustrating weekend for Woods
As good as the weekend was for Kuchar, it was that bad for five-time Memorial champion Tiger Woods, who finshed 8-over par and tied for 65th. His four day total of 296 is the second worst stroke total in his career, at a 72-hole event.
The par three 12th hole was a particular nightmare. Woods parred it in Thursday's first round, then went bogey, double bogey, triple bogey the next three days.
"It's just one of those weeks...it happens," Woods said. "I obviously didn't putt well. I had some funky stances. It just happened to be one of those weeks."
To listen to Woods post-tournament comments click HERE
Rory struggles as well
Despite his struggles at Memorial, Woods, with four wins this year, remains first in the World Golf Rankings and Rory McIlroy remains number two. McIlroy also struggled, finishing in a tie for 57th at 6-over par.
Following the tournament, McIlroy wasn't nearly as distrubed as he was after Thursday's first round when he shot a 6-over par 78. He recovered to shoot a 69 in round two and make the cut.
"I found a couple little things this weekend," McIlroy said of his game. "I hit the ball much better and actually putted a little better too. (My game) isn't that far away."
To listen to McIlroy, following the Memorial, click HERE