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After charging out to a four-hole lead through the opening nine of the finals, Matt Kuchar hung on for a 2&1 victory over defending champion Hunter Mahan to win the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain.  Playing in windy, very cold conditions, in an event which saw much of its opening day postponed by snow, Kuchar captured his fifth career PGA Tour title, and his first victory in a WGC event.  For his part, Mahan hadn’t trailed in his last 11 matches here (dating through the 2012 edition) and had already made short work of Matteo Manassero (5&4), Richard Sterne (4&3), Martin Kaymer (5&4) and match play ace Ian Poulter (4&3), struggling only in a quarter-final match with Webb Simpson, which he claimed 1 up.  But Mahan bogeyed holes 3-7 of the final, staking Kuchar to a lead he would never relinquish.  The champion’s march to the final had been relatively smooth as well, his victims including Hiroyuki Fujita (3&2), Sergio Garcia (2&1), Nicolas Colsaerts (4&3), Robert Garrigus (3&2) and Jason Day (4&3).  Day defeated Poulter 1 up in Sunday’s third-place match…………… Thailand’s Chawalit Plaphol birdied the final two holes to close with 69, and thus claim his fourth career Asian Tour victory at the Zaykabar Myanmar Open in Yangon.  A wedge to three feet set up Plaphol’s final birdie, which proved the margin of victory over Mithun Perera, who carded five birdies over the final seven holes en route to a sparkling 65, but failed in his bid to become the circuit’s first Sri Lankan-born winner.  Third place went to Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat (a playoff loser here a year ago) while Korea’s Hwang In-choon, Australia’s Darren Beck and Angelo Que of the Philippines tied for fourth……………Jaco Van Zyl celebrated his 34th birthday on Saturday, then closed with a steady two-under-par 70 over Fancourt’s Montagu course to claim his 11th career Sunshine tour victory in the R3.75-million Dimension Data Pro-Am.  Playing in the final group on Sunday for a third straight event, Van Zyl’s 17-under-par 272 total was enough to hold off England’s Daniel Brooks by two in a tournament which saw players rotate over three Fancourt courses for 54 holes, then finishing on the Montagu on Sunday.  Van Zyl began the final round tied with Hennie Otto but Otto buckled with a 73, leaving Van Zyl to hold off Brooks, who drew even after the 14th but couldn’t hold on.

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