Who needs Tiger Woods? Not Matt Kuchar, at least at the America's Golf Cup.
Kuchar, who teamed with Justin Hueber instead of the originally planed Woods in the two-man team event, to chalk up a win for the United States in the PGA Tour Latinoamerica event by four shots over the Puerto Rican duo of Rafael Campos and Edward Figueroa. The Americans won with a four-round total of 34-under 250, including an 11-under 60 in the final round, played under the best ball (or foursomes) format.
The U.S. duo shot 60 in both best-ball rounds of the competition, playing the alternate-shot rounds at the Club Campestre de la Ciudad de Mexico in 12 under par.
Woods has been scheduled to play with Kuchar in each of the last two years of this event but has been unable to uphold his commitment each year, sidelined with back issues. On Sept. 18, Woods underwent a second microdiscectomy procedure on his back in the last 18 months, forcing him to withdraw from the event for a second year in a row.
The 14-time major champion appeared at the event in support, suggesting a "long and tedious" recovery from the surgery.
Hueber, Kuchar's substitute partner, is a 28-year-old University of Indianapolis product who is fifth on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica money list. The top five finishers at the end of the season earn status on the Web.com Tour.