Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 22nd 2014 Contents HILTON HEAD ISLAND ---
Matt Kuchar saw his well-struck
5-iron on the 18th hole at the RBC
Heritage come up way short of
the target and settle in a front
"Well," he thought as he walked
toward the bunker, "there are a lot
worse places to be."
For Kuchar, there was no better
place --- and no better shot in the
He holed-out on the closing hole
for a one-stroke victory on Sunday,
hitting it solid and watching it rat-
tle home to end a run where he
came close but missed out on titles.
"I heard the crowd go crazy,"
Kuchar said. "Then I went crazy."
Kuchar shot a 64 for an 11-under
total of 273 to overhaul Luke Don-
ald, who had his third runner-up
and fifth top-three finish here in
the past six years.
It was Kuchar s seventh career
PGA Tour victory. He earned
US$1.044 million and his first tro-
phy since the Memorial last June.
It also followed a stretch of golf
were Kuchar was in contention
nearly every week.
He was two shots behind winner
Steven Bowditch at the Texas Open
on March 30, then lost a playoff
at the Houston Open a week later
on Matt Jones 42-yard chip in.
Kuchar was in the mix at
Augusta National a week ago, hav-
ing a share of the lead on Sunday
before a four-putt double bogey
at the fourth hole dropped him
No. 6-ranked Kuchar could have
taken a break like other top com-
petitors, but hoped the momentum
would carry into Harbour Town.
"It s awfully sweet to have
another chance," Kuchar said.
Kuchar made up four shots on
Donald with seven birdies in his
first 10 holes. Then nearly gave
away another tournament when
he three-putted from less than
eight feet at the par-three 17th, a
bogey that dropped him into a
share of top spot --- and set up the
dramatic 72nd hole.
"I was in a little bit of shock,"
Kuchar said. "But I think I did a
good job of shaking things off."
Donald had two holes to catch
Kuchar but couldn t do it. He
missed a 28-foot birdie putt at the
17th hole, then saw his attempt at
a chip-in birdie slide past the cup.
"Finishing second isn t what I
was hoping for," he said. "Disap-
pointed, obviously, not to have
won. Usually a solid 69 on a windy
day with a two-shot lead is enough
to get it done on Sundays.
"It s tough to win out here and
hats off to Matt for a superb
Ben Martin, who turned pro in
2010, shot 67 to finish tied for
third at nine under with John Huh,
who shot 68.
Sunday finally brought the sun-
shine the tournament had lacked
all week. Players got the bonus of
easy, softened greens from three
days of moisture.
The birdies were flying from the
start, and Kuchar took full advan-
tage. He birdied the first and sec-
ond holes, then added a third from
"When I made that putt, I knew
it was going to be a really good
day," he said.
That Donald was in the chase
again here was no surprise. The
steady Englishman, once No. 1 in
the world, says Harbour Town s
tight fairways and small greens are
a perfect layout for him. (AP)
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian Kuchar rallies from four
back to win RBC Heritage
Matt Kuchar celebrates after sinking a birdie putt from the bunker on
the 18th green to win the final round of the RBC Heritage golf
tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Sunday. Kuchar won the
tournament with 11-under par. AP Photo
Timberwolves coach Rick Adel-
man has decided to retire after
23 seasons in the NBA.
Adelman made the announce-
ment on Monday, five days after
the Wolves wrapped up a disap-
pointing 40-42 season.
The decision brings to an end
a celebrated coaching career that
includes 1,042 victories, eighth on
the NBA s career list. He coached
Western Conference powers in
Portland and Sacramento and also
had stops in Golden State and
Adelman said the time was right
for him to step aside and spend
more time with his wife, Mary Kay,
who has been treated for seizures
over the last two years. He also
thinks the Wolves need a fresh
voice to help them try to persuade
star power forward Kevin Love to
remain in Minnesota.
"It was kind of a gradual thing
that just kept coming," Adelman
said of his decision-making
process. "And looking for the whole
organization, it s best that maybe
a new voice at the coaching posi-
tion would be best right now."
Adelman just completed the
third season of a four-year deal
with Minnesota that he signed in
2011. There was a mutual option
for the final year of the deal.
After missing the playoffs for
the third straight season, Adelman
decided it was time to walk away
from one of the most quietly influ-
ential coaching careers in NBA his-
tory. The introverted coach worked
below the radar for most of his
career, but his impact on the league
"Every coach in this league has
taken some of his concepts,"
Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thi-
bodeau said. "You can see every
team has part of his corner series
as part of their offense."
Adelman won at least 50 games
in a season 11 times in his career,
helped turnaround the Portland
Trail Blazers in the late 1980s and
then built a power in Sacramento
10 years later. He had more modest
success with Houston and Min-
nesota, but walks away with his
fingerprints all over the league.
"He s been in several different
programs, made them all better,
done a heck of a job wherever he s
gone, has always been underrated
and has been a guy that players
have really enjoyed playing for,"
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg
Popovich said. (AP)
Timberwolves' Adelman retiring after 23 years
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