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Matt Kuchar holds off Luke Donald with birdie on 18 to win RBC Heritage

Matt Kuchar (2008 photo by Bluedogtn via wikipedia commons)

Matt Kuchar overcame a four-shot deficit to beat Luke Donald at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Kuchar, who is one of the taller golfers on the PGA Tour at 6’4, made a chip-in on the 18th hole to give him the win and a 64 on the afternoon.

Donald shot a 69 to finish a shot behind in second place.

Kuchar finished the tournament at 11-under-par 273 to earn his seventh PGA Tour title and 11th pro win. He pockets $1.044 million of prize money.

Kuchar, a graduate of Georgia Tech, started the final round four shots back of Luke Donald. He quickly made up the deficit with seven birdies on his first 10 holes. He three-putted the par-3 17th for a bogey to fall into a tie for first place.

 

Bengals give franchise tag to defensive end Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson (courtesy Cincinnati Bengals)

Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson had a huge season in 2012.

So as a reward, the team has given the 26-year-old from Georgia Tech the franchise tag.

That means that Johnson will be paid $11.175 million during the 2013 season if a long-term contract agreement can’t be reached with the team.

A talented and hulking figure at 6’7, 266-pounds, Johnson’s career stats include 146 tackles, with 23 sacks and 2 interceptions.

Michael Johnson (photo by Jeffrey Beall via wikipedia commons)

 

 

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Bengals & NFL

SUN BOWL preview: Georgia Tech plays Utah on New Year’s Eve

 

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The 78th annual Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, to some folks is an unknown bowl.

Most people don’t realize it is the second-oldest bowl in the nation to the Rose Bowl.

The game takes place at 2 pm ET on CBS-TV and has Georgia Tech (8-4) going up against Utah (7-5).

The Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech ended the season by losing four of its last six games. They ended 2010 in almost the same fashion going 1-5. Tech started the season at 6-0.

Tech has lost six bowl games in a row and their senior captains, Steven Sylvester and Roddy Jones, have not enjoyed a bowl win in their fantastic careers.

Tech was picked to win the ACC’s Coastal Division but ended up tied for second.

The Utah Utes were in contention in the South Division of the Pac-12, but had an upset loss to the lowly Colorado Buffaloes on November 25.

The Utes have a good defense which ranks seventh nationally in rushing defense, allowing 97 yards a game. They rank 18th in points given up at 19.7.

Georgia Tech ranks third nationally in rushing, averaging 316.8 yards a game.  The Yellow Jackets rank 34th in scoring at 34.9 a game.

 

Info compiled from Georgia Tech University & University of Utah news

 

INDEPENDENCE BOWL PREVIEW: Missouri vs. North Carolina, today at 5 P.M. ET ESPN

 

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The 2011 Advocare Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana, will pit a pair of 7-5 teams against each other.

The Missouri Tigers of the Big 12 Conference against the North Carolina Tar Heels of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The 2010 game had Air Force playing Georgia Tech. The Falcons beat the Yellow Jackets, 17-14.

The Tar Heels are playing in its fourth consecutive bowl game, the school’s longest streak since a five-game run from 1979-1983.

North Carolina is coming into the game on a down note, having only won a single game against Duke after becoming bowl eligible with their sixth win on October 29.

If the Tar Heels win the game, their achieve their fourth straight eight-win season.

The Tigers of Missouri won four of their last five games after starting off a disappointing 3-4. Missouri beat Texas for the first time in head coach Gary Pinkel’s tenure, 17-5.

Shreveport, Louisiana is not a stranger for Missouri. The Tigers are playing there for the third time since 2005 due to the fact that the Big 12 had eight-bowl eligible teams for the league’s seven bowl games. Missouri was pushed out of the top seven spots despite the fact it earned wins over Iowa State, Texas and Texas A&M.

Missouri’s offense is led by QB James Franklin, a sophomore, who completed 63% of his attempts with only 10 interceptions. During the season, he had an interception-free streak of 123 in a row.

The Tar Heels offense is led by  WR Dwight Jones who led the ACC in receptions with 79 and was tied for the league lead with 11 touchdown catches with 11. Also on offense is RB Giovani Bernard a big-play runner who averages 5.4 yards per carry and totaled 1,222 yards rushing.

 

 

Info compiled from Independence Bowl, University of Missouri & University of North Carolina news

 

Helmets courtesy of Missouri & North Carolina via wikipedia commons

MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT Final Round: Kuchar, Jobe finish strong week with 2nd place tie

Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar was having a nice final round at the Memorial Tournament on Sunday, 7 under par through 14 holes, and had just hit a perfectly placed tee shot on the par-5 15th when the bad weather horn sounded.

After a 2 hour, 34 minute wait, Kuchar had a difficult time getting back into his rhythm.

Kuchar ended up with three more pars and settled for a tie for second place with playing partner Brandt Jobe, one shot behind Steve Stricker.

2011 was the best finish in seven Memorials, and Kuchar is on a roll with four straight top-10 finishes.

He shot a 69 to start the tournament on Thursday and then garnered a 71, 68 and 65.

Kuchar has four runner-up finishes in 246 career starts on TOUR.

Kuchar moves to #4 in the FedExCup standings. The two-time All-American from Georgia Tech led the FedExCup standings during the first three weeks of the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup in 2010. It was the only time he led the FedExCup standings and finished second to winner Jim Furyk.

Brandt Jobe gets his first top-3 finish since the 2005 season. He has only three top-10 since 2006, all coming in the current season. He now has 20 career top 10′s on TOUR. Jobe has four-runner-up finishes in 283 starts on TOUR without a win.

Brandt Jobe jokes with media

This remarkable from Jobe, who two years ago was considering retirement. Last year, he returned to the Nationwide Tour at the age of 44.

In November of 2006, Jobe thought his golf career had ended while pushing a metal broom across his garage door. The broom had shattered in his hands and pieces of medal had sliced through his fingers.

Jobe placed pieces of his left thumb and index fingers in a plastic bag and took them to a plastic surgeon who reattached the parts of his nerve-damaged fingers.

The fact that he has come back his a big step forward.

Jobe took another big step in the final round of the Memorial Tournament to tie for second place, one shot behind the winner Steve Stricker, for his best tournament since finishing second in the 2005 International.

Jobe’s runner-up finish pushed him over the $1 million mark for just the second time in his 21-year career. He has three to-10′s in 17 events this season.

 

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