EDINBURGH: Matt Kuchar gave himself a nice morale booster by winning the first edition of the Hero Challenge 2018 series ahead of two weeks of Links Golf at the Scottish and British Opens. Kuchar, who turned 40 last month and has 13 worldwide titles, but still does not own a Major, will on Thursday play alongside Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher in the first two rounds of Scottish Open.
Shubhankar Sharma, who was eliminated in the league stage of the Hero Challenge has been paired for Scottish Open with 2018 Hero Indian Open winner Matt Wallace and Scott Jamieson, while SSP Chawrasia plays with Trevor Immelman and Jeff Winther.
On Tuesday, with the iconic Edinburgh Castle as the backdrop, Kuchar stopped a good number of hits inside a set of circles drawn at 80 metres distance from an elevated platform.
He beat an impressive field that included 2017 Scottish Open champion, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, fellow American Charley Hoffman, India’s rising star, Shubhankar Sharma, ‘Ryder Cup’ superstar Ian Poulter and local hero Richie Ramsay in an exciting contest at Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo’s extraordinary amphitheatre in front of Edinburgh Castle.
Shubhankar went out in the league stage with Cabrera-Bello and Poulter going through from the group while Ramsay exited after playing against Kuchar and Hoffman. In the semi-finals, Hoffman beat Cabrera-Bello and Kuchar found a Bulls Eye while beating Poulter. Kuchar again hit the Bulls Eye in the final against fellow American Hoffman.