April 21, 2014
COVINGTON, GA — Bridgestone Tour team member and fan favorite Matt Kuchar used a little Easter Sunday magic to fire a 7-under par 64, coming from 4-shots back, to win the 2014 RBC Heritage on the picturesque Harbour Town Golf Links at Sea Pines Resort. Kuchar's victory, the 7th of his career, was capped by an improbable holed out greenside bunker shot on the 72nd hole, and comes at the end of a grueling four-week stretch in which he lived up to his reputation as the most consistent player on TOUR, factoring into the championship decision at each event.
Kuchar relied on the Bridgestone TOUR B330-S golf ball, now proudly made in the U.S.A, in his dramatic victory, giving the brand's new Hydro Core technology its fifth worldwide tour win of 2014. Hydro Core technology produces 30% more gradation from the inside to outside of the core - creating greater spin reduction for longer distance and improved accuracy.
Kuchar took full advantage of Hydro Core's reduced spin and Bridgestone's patented seamless cover technology in getting off to a blistering start on Sunday at the Heritage, birdieing 6 of his first 9 holes, and 8 total in the final round. For the week, Kuchar finished ranked 1st in Greens in Regulation hitting an incredible 73.6% of the greens in often-windy conditions on Hilton Head Island.
"After playing some great golf over the last 4 weeks, it is really rewarding to capture my first victory of the year on a track like Harbour Town," said Kuchar. "The wind blew at 25 miles per hour plus at times, but I am confident in what my ball is going to do, as I've said time and again, the Bridgestone ball just seems to cut through the wind better than any other ball out here. It really is a competitive advantage if you don't have to guess what your ball is going to do!"
"Kuch has easily been the hottest player on Tour for most of this year," said Dan Murphy, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing – Bridgestone Golf, Inc. "To now have a win to go with all those Top 5s gives us great confidence that this is shaping up to be a special season for Matt, and we couldn't be more excited to share it with him."
The win vaults Kuchar into 5th place in the Official World Golf Rankings. Visit www.bridgestonegolf.com to check out Bridgestone Golf's entire 2014 Tour Team and to learn more about Bridgestone's innovative Hydro Core technology.
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Bridgestone Golf, Inc., based in Covington, GA, manufactures and markets premium golf balls, clubs and accessories under the Bridgestone and Precept brand names. Bridgestone is represented on a world stage by a number of internationally famed golfers including Fred Couples, Paula Creamer, Matt Kuchar, Davis Love III, Brandt Snedeker, Hudson Swafford, Lee Trevino and Karrie Webb. Bridgestone Golf, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bridgestone Sports Co. Ltd., whose headquarters are in Tokyo. For more information visit http://www.bridgestonegolf.com.
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