- Australia court strikes down 5-day-old, gay-marriage law
- Fake interpreter at Mandela service: ‘Sorry,’ I have schizophrenia
- George Zimmerman will not be charged in domestic dispute
- Russian officials press bilateral U.S. trade deal
- Creator of ‘Selfies at Funerals’ blog retires after Obama flub: ‘Our work here is done’
- New Obama adviser Podesta is against Keystone but will steer clear of pipeline deliberations
- 40 Australian adults, children found in ‘one of the worst accounts of incest ever made public’
- Venezuela’s Maduro calls on student ‘price vigilantes’ to hit the streets, report businesses
- Atheists smug as Hindus join Satanists to demand display at Oklahoma Statehouse
- Bow before Valkyrie, NASA’s ‘superhero robot’ entry in DARPA challenge
Matt Kuchar turning the page after near-miss at Masters
Question of the Day
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Matt Kuchar wasn’t smiling much Sunday night after his near miss at the Masters.
The world’s 14th-ranked golfer had hoped a night in his own bed would prepare him for this week’s RBC Heritage. Instead, Kuchar replayed the most critical shots of the round as he tied for the lead with three holes left, then gave it away with a bogey on the par-3 16th.
Kuchar, who gained his nice-guy reputation with his megawatt smile as a college golfer at Augusta National 14 years ago, finished in a tie for third behind Masters champion Bubba Watson.
“It was just not an easy night’s sleep,” Kuchar said.
“It’s not real helpful to look at Monday morning’s paper and say, ‘What if I played just one shot better or two shots better,’ ” he said.
Kuchar and world No. 1 Luke Donald are among four of the top-20 ranked golfers teeing off at the rechristened RBC Heritage, which is on solid financial footing after two years of uncertainty. Watson, like most of the other Masters competitors, is taking the week off.
“I want to win this tournament,” Kuchar said. “And the more I can make every tournament really important, I think it makes prep[aration] for the majors much easier.”
Kuchar understands what a Masters victory would’ve meant.
“It was an exciting place to have a chance,” Kuchar said. “I kept replaying in my mind all the great shots. And then the couple missed opportunities.”
Kuchar was a wide-eyed amateur from Georgia Tech when he made the cut at Augusta National in 1998 and 1999. He hadn’t cracked the top 20 in his three Masters appearances before last week, but found himself tied for the lead Sunday when he knocked in a short eagle putt on the 15th hole.
Kuchar, who earned $9 million in 2010 and 2011, sent his tee shot right of the green on the 16th hole, could not get up and down and made a bogey that ultimately dropped him from contention. Kuchar’s most regrettable error, he said, was a double bogey on the ninth. He chipped his third shot seven feet past the hold and three-putted.
“I think that chip shot is one that I know I can improve immensely upon,” he said.
Donald hopes to improve his showing at Harbour Town. He was third here in 2010, then lost to Brandt Snedeker in a playoff last year when a tournament victory would’ve elevated him to No. 1. Donald subsequently reached that spot and, with No. 2 Rory McIlroy, No. 3 Lee Westwood and No. 4 Watson all off, is fairly secure on top, win or lose this week.
By Matt Kibbe
The short-term deal will assure long-term overspending
- Rand Paul: Budget deal 'shameful,' 'huge mistake'
- All-out war breaks out in GOP over budget pact
- Teen thugs in D.C. run wild -- even while wearing GPS ankle bracelets
- Obama takes 'selfie' at Mandela's funeral service
- Obama's antics at Nelson Mandela tribute: Jovial conversation, handshake with Raul Castro
- American bourbon now better than Scottish whisky: U.K.-born expert
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- Biden guarantees victory on immigration reform
- Study IDs reasons for late-term abortions
- Inside the Ring: China targets Global Hawk drone
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Al Maurer provides a common sense, conservatarian, Constitutional conservative perspective from the battleground state of Colorado
Interviews and show reviews from the Los Angeles punk scene past and present. Los Angeles has always been rich in punk rock talent since punk rock was born.
Buzz on Bees is a column promoting the love and life of God’s greatest pollinators on earth: The Honeybee
Brazen, leading-edge, “call it like it is” columns and reporting from Ohio native, radio host and writer, Sara Marie Brenner.
Extraordinary day at Redskins Park
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow