Kuchar victorious at Sawgrass
American Matt Kuchar won golf's richest event at Sawgrass on Sunday night - and denied Scotland's Martin Laird for the second time in his career.
Laird came close to pulling off a stunning victory at the Players Championship after starting the final day six behind.
But a bogey on the last by the 29-year-old Glaswegian for a round of 67 left Kuchar two in front with four holes to play and the world number 16 did not let things slip.
The gap became three when he got up and down from off the green at the long 16th and, after three-putting the short 17th for bogey, he safely parred the dangerous last.
A two-under-par round of 70 gave Kuchar the first prize of £1,063,000 by two on 13 under par.
In the end Laird had to settle for a four-way tie for second, being joined by Americans Zach Johnson, Ben Curtis and last week's winner in Charlotte, Rickie Fowler, who after birdies at the 16th and 17th missed a seven-foot chance on the last that would have placed huge pressure on the eventual champion.
It was Kuchar's first title since The Barclays in 2010 - when he beat Laird in a play-off.
For a while it looked as if England's Luke Donald had a sniff of a chance when he set the early clubhouse target of nine under with a 66 - only 30 of them in a tournament record-equalling back nine which contained six birdies.
As he signed his scorecard Donald was in a tie for third place and only two off the pace, but in the end had to settle for sixth.
That also meant he narrowly failed to reclaim the world number one spot from Rory McIlroy. Donald required solo fourth for that.
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