MARANA, Ariz. – Matt Kuchar finally put Hunter Mahan in a hole and then answered every challenge Sunday to win the Match Play Championship.
Mahan had gone 169 holes over 11 matches without trailing in this wild tournament until Kuchar won the fourth hole of their championship match with a par, and Mahan never caught up. Kuchar took advantage of a series of miscues to build a 4-up lead at the turn, and then held off a noble challenge by the defending champion.
There was never a dull moment on the back nine. Only two holes were halved, and those were with birdies.
But for all the great shots, the match ended when Mahan went from a tough lie in the bunker to a bush in the desert, and it took him four shots to reach the 17th green. Kuchar wound up winning, 2 and 1.
Schumacher wins Arizona Nationals
In Chandler, Ariz., Tony Schumacher beat Morgan Lucas in the tire-smoking Top Fuel final at the NHRA Arizona Nationals for his 70th career victory and fourth at Firebird International Raceway. Schumacher had a 4.606-second run at 213.20 mph, while Lucas finished in 4.652 at 258.67. Ron Capps topped the Funny Car field, and Erica Enders-Stevens won in Pro Stock.
Cubs right-hander feeling no pain
In Mesa, Ariz., Chicago Cubs right-hander Matt Garza says he has no pain from the pulled side muscle that prevents him from throwing. A week after feeling a twinge in his left side, Garza said he’s progressing and getting better.
Around the leagues
Yankees captain Derek Jeter is about two weeks away from playing in a game for the first time since breaking his ankle last fall. Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson is going to be out up to 10 weeks with a broken right forearm.
New York Mets reliever Pedro Feliciano will be restricted from baseball activity for at least two weeks while wearing a heart monitor. Pittsburgh catcher Russell Martin will not play for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic because Canadian and Pirates officials don’t feel comfortable with him playing shortstop.
Dallas owner Mark Cuban said he doesn’t expect to hear from the NBA for suggesting that the Lakers could reduce their salary cap tax by dumping Kobe Bryant through the amnesty clause. Minnesota’s Kevin Love said his surgically repaired right hand is better and he hopes to play 15 to 20 games this season.
Americans take 2 golds on track
In Minsk, Belarus, Sarah Hammer of the United States earned her sixth career gold medal and second one during the week by winning the women’s omnium event, while Stefan Botticher won the men’s sprint title and his second gold medal at the track cycling world championships.
Mississippian wins Bassmaster Classic
In Tulsa, Okla., Cliff Pace won the Bassmasters Classic, finishing with a three-day catch of 54 pounds, 12 ounces, at Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees. Pace, from Petal, Miss., earned $500,000 for his first victory in the event.
On the links
The PGA Tour notified golf’s governing bodies that it sees no reason to ban anchored putting strokes. PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said there has not been enough evidence to show a competitive advantage. In Chonburi, Thailand, Inbee Park of South Korea took advantage of overnight leader Ariya Jutanugarn’s triple bogey on the last hole to secure a one-stroke victory in the LPGA Thailand. Park finished with a 67 for a 12-under 276 total, with Jutanugarn a shot back after a 72.
Leg fracture ends top coltís Derby bid
Top 3-year-old Violence is off the Kentucky Derby trail after fracturing a bone in his right front leg.
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Rousey victorious, makes UFC history
Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche made history just by stepping into the UFC cage. Rousey won the UFC’s first women’s bout Saturday night, beating Carmouche on an armbar with 11 seconds left in the first round of their bantamweight title fight at UFC 157.
Ferrer defends Copa Claro title
David Ferrer won his second tournament of the season by defeating Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 to successfully defend his Copa Claro title in Buenos Aires, Argentina.