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Matt Kuchar lifts Players Championship trophy

Matt Kuchar nabbed his first win in two years on Sunday, and it was a big one: The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

Drawing upon his 14 years of Tour experience, the 33-year-old veteran Kuchar was able to hold off a determined charge by the orange-clad young superstar Rickie Fowler, fresh off his maiden Tour win at Quail Hollow and with the vocal backing of the crowd.

As Fowler charged down the back straight with birdies on the 16th and 17th holes, Kuchar maintained his composure throughout and parred the final hole after the younger man could only bogey to claim a two-stroke victory.

Kuchar was greeted on the green by his wife and two sons, as well as a big hug and high five from his mom.

''It's such an amazing feeling - playing amongst the game's best, to come out on top, to do it on Mother's Day ... it really is magical,'' Kuchar said.

Playing in his home state in Florida's Ponte Vedra Beach locale, Kuchar knows now that his portrait will be joining those of the greats in the clubhouse's winners gallery.

"I can't help but stop and gaze at all the pictures," Kuchar said. "To think that I'm going to be a part of that with Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino and Raymond Floyd and Phil Mickelson and David Duval and Tiger Woods. It's the best of the best. To see my picture up there next year will be pretty cool."

One of those past winners will not be feeling so cool though. Tiger Woods once more tied 40th as he has at the US Masters, after his dismal showing at Quail Hole, this is now the first time he's come 40th or worse in three straight tournaments.

For Woods, the answer is to keep on keeping on and hope everything clicks.

''Just keep working. Keep working,'' Woods said.

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