Keeping Score

Matt Kuchar overcomes whiff to win Singapore Open

American rallies from triple bogey to claim his 1st title on the Asian Tour

8: Score, a triple bogey, that Matt Kuchar overcame in the final round Sunday to win the Asian Tour’s SMBC Singapore Open. Kuchar, 41, entered the final 18 holes at Sentosa Golf Club’s Serapong Course with a three-stroke lead, and stretched it to four with a birdie on the fourth hole. However, he ran into problems at the par-5 seventh hole when his drive came to rest against the root of a tree. After a whiffed attempt at a recovery shot, Kuchar proceeded to hit his next shot out of bounds before holing a 10-footer for an 8. He rallied to shoot 1-under 70 for an 18-under 266 total and three-stroke victory over England’s Justin Rose. Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond, last year’s Asian Tour Order of Merit winner, placed third at 14-under 270. It was the first victory for Kuchar on the Asian Tour and his first triumph worldwide since he won the PGA Tour’s 2019 Sony Open in Hawaii (scores).

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