Kuchar Comeback Nets Golf Win at Hilton Head
Hilton Head Island, s.c. — Matt Kuchar overcame a four-stroke deficit to finally finish on top, his stunning chip-in on the 18th hole giving him a 64 and a victory at the RBC Heritage on Sunday.
Kuchar was four shots behind Luke Donald at the start but had seven birdies on his first 10 holes. He had a birdie putt of less than 8 feet at the par-3 17th, but three-putted for bogey to fall into a tie for first.
Kuchar was in more trouble in a bunker at Harbour Town Golf Links’ closing lighthouse hole. That’s when he blasted out and watched the ball rattle in for birdie. Kuchar punched the air and raised his arms in celebration of what would be his seventh career PGA Tour win.
Jiminez Tops Seniors
Duluth, Ga. — Miguel Angel Jimenez held off Bernhard Langer to win the Greater Gwinnett Championship, becoming only the third player to lead from start to finish in his Champions Tour debut.
Jimenez was coming off a fourth-place finish in the Masters and closed with a 67 to finish two strokes ahead of Langer. Jimenez finished the tournament with 32 consecutive holes without a bogey at TPC Sugarloaf.
Langer, the defending champion, shot his third-straight 68.
Federer Falls in Finals
Monaco — Stanislas Wawrinka won the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time after rallying to beat Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 in a rare all-Swiss final on Sunday.
The Australian Open champion had lost his previous two Masters finals and looked like losing a third until Federer’s level dropped suddenly late in the second set, and Wawrinka began troubling the 17-time Grand Slam champion with his aggressive backhand.
The fourth-seeded Federer, who accepted a wild card invitation to play in the tournament, was also looking to win it for the first time after losing his three previous finals here to eight-time champion Rafael Nadal from 2006-08.
Liverpool Closer To EPL Crown
London — Liverpool secured a return to the Champions League on Sunday. But there’s a much bigger prize just around the corner.
What was looking like a gripping finale to the Premier League title race is starting to turn into a procession for the Reds after they beat Norwich 3-2 to move five points ahead of Chelsea with three matches remaining.
A first English championship in 24 years is within Liverpool’s grasp after the win at Norwich, which was paced by Raheem Sterling’s two goals and a 30th goal of the season by Luis Suarez.
An 11th straight league win also ensured that the Reds will return to the Champions League for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
American May Sell Aston Villa
Birmingham, England — American businessman Randy Lerner has raised doubts about his future as Aston Villa chairman by saying he will address “steady rumors of a sale” of the Premier League club at the end of the season.
Villa released a statement on Sunday, in which Lerner said he was “committed to the immediate job of limiting distraction and confusion” as the club looks to secure its Premier League status.
Villa is 15th in the 20-team league, five points above the relegation zone with four matches left.
Lerner, who used to own the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, bought Villa in 2006.