In spite of the weather stealing much of the show in Tuscan, Arizona, it was Matt Kuchar who finished the World Golf Championship Accenture Match Play Championship with the prestigious trophy in his hands.
Kuchar went face to face with Hunter Mahan, the defending champion for the title and not only did he brave the weather, he overcame Mahan 2 and 1 in the match for the championship played on Sunday, the 24th of February to take home the title.
The championship event saw a bizarre twist as snowfall halted the first round of play early in the morning on Wednesday and it became a major factor for the championship round as well. With gusty winds blowing at around 30 miles an hour and the temperature creeping barely over 40 degrees, making the conditions extremely brutal for the players to go through. Having played throughout the week, Matt Kuchar never had to play till the 18th hole and his longest matches in the event were against Sergio Garcia and in the championship final against Mahan.
It was not only just the fifth victory of his career in the US PGA Tour; it was arguably his biggest as well. Being one of the most likeable players on the Tour, the American is also evolving into one of the biggest star attractions on the Tour. But the main problem that he faces in his career is his unpredictability when it comes to the major events and his win at the World Golf Championship Accenture Match Play Championship could go a long way in helping him settle.
With Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Snedeker winning the first four titles of the year, it presents an interesting scenario for golf as a whole in terms of its competitiveness and dominance of Europeans.