Golf: Kuchar downs Mahan to win WGC Match Play crown

MARANA, Arizona (AFP) - Matt Kuchar denied Hunter Mahan a World Golf Championships Match Play Championship title repeat, triumphing over his fellow American 2 and 1 in Sunday's final at Dove Mountain.

Kuchar, eliminated by Mahan in the quarter-finals of the elite 64-man event last year, avenged that defeat as he prevented Mahan from joining Tiger Woods as the only back-to-back winners of the title.

Kuchar never trailed in the championship match, and in fact trailed for just three holes the entire week.

The victory was his first in a WGC event and his fifth on the US PGA Tour.