Matt Kuchar chips in on 18th hole to win RBC Heritage

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Kuchar completes stunning comeback win at RBC Heritage

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Matt Kuchar overcame a four-stroke deficit to finally finish on top, his stunning chip-in on the 18th hole giving him a 64 and a victory at the RBC Heritage on Sunday.

Kuchar was four shots behind Luke Donald at the start but had seven birdies on his first 10 holes. He had a birdie putt of less than 8 feet at the par-3 17th, but three-putted for bogey to fall into a tie for first.

Kuchar was in more trouble in a bunker at Harbour Town Golf Links' closing lighthouse hole. That's when he blasted out and watched the ball rattle in for birdie. Kuchar punched the air and raised his arms in celebration of what would be his seventh career PGA Tour win.

Donald had two holes to catch Kuchar after the chip but couldn't do it. He missed a 28-foot birdie putt at the 17th, then saw his own try at a chip-in birdie slide past the cup at the last.

EUROPEAN TOUR

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Lee Westwood ended a two-year winless drought with a seven-shot victory at the Malaysian Open.

After a four-hour delay due to the threat of lightning in the middle of the final round, Westwood went on to shoot a 4-under par 68 to complete an 18-under 270 at the Kuala Lumpur Country Club course for his 36th career victory.

CHAMPIONS TOUR

DULUTH, Ga. -- Miguel Angel Jimenez held off Bernhard Langer to win the Greater Gwinnett Championship, becoming only the third player to lead from start to finish in his Champions Tour debut.

Jimenez was coming off a fourth-place finish in the Masters and closed with a 67 to finish two strokes ahead of Langer. Jimenez finished the tournament with 32 consecutive holes without a bogey at TPC Sugarloaf.

JAPAN LPGA TOUR

TOKYO -- Japanese 15-year-old Minami Katsu became the youngest winner in the history of the Japan LPGA Tour by shooting a 4-under 68 to capture the Vantelin Ladies Open.

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Heat open playoffs with 99-88 victory

MIAMI -- LeBron James scored 27 points, Dwyane Wade added 23 and the Miami Heat used a late charge to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 99-88 on Sunday in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.

Miami sealed it with an 18-4 run in the fourth, all but three of those points coming with James getting a rest.

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