Moments after winning the Mayakoba Golf Classic, Matt Kuchar knew he had some travel plans to book.
“My 2018 wasn’t what I wanted out of 2018, but this is certainly a high note,” Kuchar said. “To get a win in Mexico, and go from ‘hola’ to ‘aloha,’ going to Hawaii, I can’t wait to go.”
Kuchar had suffered through an otherwise disappointing year, dropping from 15th to 40th in the world rankings while recording only one top-5 finish.
But that all changed this week outside Cancun, where the veteran went wire-to-wire for his first PGA Tour win since the 2014 RBC Heritage.
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It’s the eighth win of his career, and it also means that Kuchar is heading back to the winners-only Sentry Tournament of Champions to kick off 2019.
Kuchar recorded four top-10 finishes at Kapalua between 2010-13, highlighted by a third-place showing in 2010, but he hasn’t gotten a shot at the Plantation Course since 2015.
After holding off Danny Lee by a shot in Mexico, he’ll start the new year in Maui in just a few weeks.
“I’ve been hitting it beautifully. I felt really good, it was just a matter of having some putts go in,” Kuchar said. “Golf’s such a funny game. It’s hard to predict when it’s going to come around. Normally I tend to gradually grow bit by bit, and kind of have a couple top-10s and then contend. But to have a 60th-place finish (in Las Vegas) and then a win is amazing.”