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Matt Kuchar

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (39) / 6/21/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 195

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World No. 22 Matt Kuchar, a pre-tourney 14/1 outright, stalled out to a 2-under-par 32-37=69 in the second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson and at 1-under 72-69=141, missed the cut by three shots.
A total of 75 pros from a field of 155 pros and one amateur made the cut of 4-under 138. Kuchar, second highest on the betting pole this week, circled four first-nine birdies but limped home with seven pars and two bogeys. His rankings: 111th in SG: Off-the-Tee (-0.668), 133rd in SG: Approach (-2.051) and 116th in SG: Putting (-1.586). That's a formula for ending your TOUR-leading Consecutive Cuts Made Streak at 30. It's the 39-year-old's first MC since the 2017 Houston Open and his first MC at the Byron Nelson in 11 tries. For the short week, he conjured six birdies against five bogeys. The new leaders in Consecutive Cuts Made are Jason Day, Adam Hadwin and Dustin Johnson with 17 apiece. Other notable early exits include: 139- Graeme McDowell; Bill Haas; Brandt Snedeker; Joaquin Niemann .. 141- two-time champ Sergio Garcia; Ryan Palmer .. 144- Satoshi Kodaira .. 147- Martin Laird. May 18 - 9:18 PM

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Overnight co-leader Matt Kuchar kept his name in the mix with a 1-under-par 35-36=71 during round two of THE PLAYERS Championship, good for a two-day tally of 7-under 137 and a spot inside the top 10 on the live leaderboard.

Kuchar was one of six co-leaders after day one and he couldn't replicate that magic for a second straight day. He landed the same number of greens (13) but didn't have any many good looks at birdie and also didn't chip in for eagle like he did in round one. It didn't help that he began his second round with a three-putt bogey at the par-4 10th, despite having a 16'4" look at birdie. The field average is currently 70.69 so this will fall just underneath that but he may be close or even beat the field average by day's end if the afternoon conditions get tougher like in R1. Kuchar is still well positioned for a weekend run as he tries to win his second PLAYERS Championship.
May 11 - 12:54 PM

Matt Kuchar cruised to a 6-under-par 35-31=66 during the opening round of THE PLAYERS Championship, placing him in a logjam for the clubhouse lead alongside five others.

The 2012 champ traded two birdies with one bogey on his outward nine. He turned up the heat from there, circling four birdies and an eagle over the next seven holes. The eagle came at the par-5 11th when he chipped in from 64'7" to back up a 14'9" birdie splash at the 10th. Kuchar has a long history of success here (six top 20s including a win) but this will match his previous low round here at TPC Sawgrass (R2, 2013). Steady driving was the key for Kuchar today as he split 11 (of 14) fairways on his way toward 13 greens in regulation.
May 10 - 7:03 PM

Past champ and World No. 21 Matt Kuchar carved out a 2-under-par 34-35=69 in the third round of the RBC Heritage for a three-day total of 8-under 205, up three spots on the live leaderboard to T10, two adrift of clubhouse leader Kevin Kisner. UPDATE: At the end of play, Kuchar is T9, five back of leader Ian Poulter.

The 39-year-old is a seven-time TOUR winner in 412 events, but not since here in 2014 101 starts ago. He came from four back with 7-under 64 to win by one (over Luke Donald) and will probably need something similar on Sunday to scare the leaders. The Georgia Tech alum kicked with off 66-70 and found 11 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation on Day 3. He gained 1.721 strokes approaching-the-green but lost 0.620 around-the-green and 0.236 on-the-green. The Florida native struggled on the par-3 17th for a third day in a row, squaring his second bogey along with double bogey-5 on Friday.
Apr 14 - 4:58 PM

Matt Kuchar connected on six birdies en route to a 5-under-par 32-34=66 during round one of the RBC Heritage, just two off the torrid pace set by Rory Sabbatini.

Kuchar entered the week with four straight finishes of T11 or better here at Harbour Town Golf Links. He opened with 68 or better in all four of those editions and he's off to another strong start. After splitting 10 (of 14) fairways today, Kuchar was dialed in with his irons and wedges (+4.709 strokes gained approach). Before his day was done, he set up 11 birdie looks from inside 20 feet, including a pair of tap-ins from inside two feet. With strong history at the event and a great opening round, no one should be surprised if Kuchar keeps his name near the top of the leaderboard for three more rounds.
Apr 12 - 1:11 PM

Matt Kuchar stumbled out of the gate but cruised home to record a 4-under-par 37-31=68 during round one of the Masters Tournament, good for a share of the clubhouse lead as he watches Jordan Spieth finish his round. UPDATE: At day's end, Kuchar finds himself two off the torrid pace set by Jordan Spieth.

Kuchar talked about nerves out of the gate but he credited a 17-foot bogey save at the par-3 fourth for turning his momentum around. He did swallow another bogey at the 7th but finished his round with six birdies over the last 10 holes. Today's round was set up by strong ball-striking, splitting 11 (of 14) fairways and landing 14 greens in regulation. That GIR number was more than three greens higher than the field average today. Kuchar arrived with just one top 25 in his last five stroke-play starts but a return to a comfortable venue is the perfect cure. The Georgia Tech product entered with top 10s in four of the last six Masters and might be on his way to another this week.
Apr 5 - 7:01 PM

World No. 20 Matt Kuchar bogeyed two of his final three holes en route to a 2-under-par 33-37=70 in the final round of the Houston Open, dipping one spot on the leaderboard to T8 on 13-under 275, six short of a two-man playoff involving overnight co-leaders Beau Hossler and Ian Poulter.

This was the 39-year-old's 10th appearance, fourth top 25 and fourth top 10, first since a playoff loss in 2014. He improves to 9-for-9 on the season with three top 25s and three top 10s, and extends his consecutive cuts made streak to 25 straight, second to Paul Casey's 28. The Georgia Tech alum hit nine (of 14) fairways and pelted 16 greens in regulation, gaining 0.853 strokes approaching-the-green but losing 0.749 around-the-green. He circled four birdies at 4, 6, 8 and 15 before the sloppy finish. Kuchar registered 1.750 putts per GIR and 0.435 SG: Putting, needing 31 total putts. For the week, he totaled 19 birdies versus six bogeys.
Apr 1 - 5:51 PM

World No. 20 Matt Kuchar tacked on a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in the third round of the Houston Open for a three-day total of 11-under 205, up four places on the live leaderboard to T7, three back of 54-hole clubhouse leader Ian Poulter.

The 39-year-old landed 10 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 0.677 strokes tee-to-green. He squared two bogeys at holes 5 (3-putt from 47'6") and 15, outpaced by five circles at 7, 8, 12, 13 and 16, two from between 14 and 27 feet. The Georgia Tech alum posted 1.692 putts per GIR and 1.785 SG: Putting with 28 total putts.
Mar 31 - 5:38 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 20 Matt Kuchar crafted a 4-under-par 35-33=68 in the second round of the Houston Open to reach 8-under 136, up 18 spots on the live leaderboard to T6, three adrift of 36-hole clubhouse leader Beau Hossler. UPDATE: With play completed, Kuchar is T11.

The 39-year-old, a playoff loser here in 2014, would go on to win the RBC Heritage later that year, his most recent of seven TOUR titles. He kicked off with a five-birdie, one-bogey 68 and repeated that formula in Round 2. The Georgia Tech alum landed 12 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 0.743 strokes off-the-tee but losing 0.912 approaching-the-green. His birdies came at 10, 12, 13, 18 and 4, four from between 10 and 64 feet, sandwiching bogey-5 at 14 (failed sand save). The Florida native's birdie-bomb from 63'10" at the par-4 18th highlighted a 3.439 SG: Putting effort, taking 27 total putts.
Mar 30 - 3:11 PM

Matt Kuchar has a boom-or-bust record at the Golf Club of Houston and he returns this week for another crack at the Houston Open.

Since 2006 when the current course started hosting, Kuchar is 4-fo-6 here with a trio of top 10s and a trio of finishes at 70th or worse. It's been all-or-nothing for Kuchar here who is trying to tune up his game before next week's showdown with Augusta National. Kuchar is usually a steady cut-making option but this week gamers should consider him a bit riskier. The 39-year-old is still searching for his first PGA TOUR title since the 2014 RBC Heritage.
Mar 28 - 11:29 AM

Matt Kuchar's Walter Hagen Cup quest drew a hole-in-one on his way to a dominant 6-and-4 thrashing of Ross Fisher, enough to earn a Group 16-winning record of 2-0-1 in the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club.

The standout shot of the day, Kuchar drained his tee shot at the 182-yard seventh hole to take a 3-up lead. Before then he had been handed the first two holes by a pair of Fisher bogeys, claimed the fifth with a birdie-3 and lost the sixth to an eagle-3. He did not stand on his laurels. He made winning par breakers at 9 and 11, with par good enough for another hole in-between at 10. 6-up he ceded the 12th to a second Fisher eagle-3, but closed out with a birdie-3 at 14. He was 7-under through 14 holes when the match came to an end. A winner of this event in 2013, and third in 2011, he will now attempt to reach the last eight for the first time in five attempts. He plays Kevin Kisner in the first round of knockout on Saturday morning.
Mar 23 - 6:52 PM

Seed 16 Matt Kuchar edged out Yuta Ikeda on day two of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin CC, a 1-up victory adding to his halved match with Zach Johnson on Wednesday and moving the American to the top of Group 16 with a 1-0-1 record.

Kuchar holed from inside five feet at the opening hole for a winning par breaker and maintained that lead all the way through to the par-5 16th hole before the tenacious Ikeda (47), who beat Ross Fisher yesterday, levelled the match with a tap-in birdie. Kuchar had extended to his lead to 3-up after just four holes but Ikeda narrowed the gap with birdies at 5 and 9. With the first five holes of the back nine halved, the game remained in the balance but after Ikeda won 16, a par was good enough to put Kuchar 1-up again at 17 and a closing par closed out his opponent. Ikeda, now 1-1-0, can still advance with a win on Friday.
Mar 22 - 4:13 PM

Matt Kuchar caught fire with the flat stick during round one of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, but ultimately halved his opening match against No. 54 seed Zach Johnson.

Kuchar entered the week with a 21-8-2 record at this event but just 3-2-2 since the switch to Austin Country Club. One of those losses came last year against today's opponent (Zach Johnson). Kuchar looked like he would get his revenge today, largely due to a hot putter. Highlights include five putts converted from outside 10 feet, the longest coming from 35'2" at the par-3 11th. He also holed out from the fringe (27'1") while using his putter. Despite this putting onslaught, ZJ didn't give up and then rattled off birdies in five of the last six holes to secure half a point.
Mar 21 - 5:44 PM

World No. 18 Matt Kuchar is in Mexico City for the WGC-Mexico Championship and is grouped the first two rounds with Pat Perez and Rafa Cabrera Bello. UPDATE: Kuchar finished T58 (of 64) on 8-over 292 (74-74-73-71). He ranked last in SG: Putting: -7.383.

The 39-year-old finished T20 here last year where he was T10 thru 54 holes (68-71-67-73). Overall, it's his 29th World Golf Championship with 11 prior top 10s, most recently a T3 at the 2016 Bridgestone six WGC-starts ago. That matches his best finish in stroke-play WGCs (T3, 2010 CA Champ at Doral), and he's a one-time winner, claiming the 2013 Match Play. The Georgia Tech alum is 5-for-5 on the season with one top 25, a T5 at the WM Phoenix Open three starts ago, and checks in off a T26 at the Genesis (73-71-69-69) two weeks ago.
Feb 28 - 4:00 PM

Matt Kuchar concocted a 6-under-par 32-34=66 while facing Spyglass Hill in round one of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, placing him just one stroke off the early co-leaders Kevin Streelman and Beau Hossler.

After a six-year absence from this event, Kuchar returned last year but missed the cut after carding rounds of 74-69-74. He appears to be enjoying the prime weather conditions a little bit better as he was able to circle seven birdies at the difficult Spyglass Hill layout. Kuchar shook off some rust at last week's WM Phoenix Open with a T5 and looks to be maintaining that momentum on the West Coast. Next up for Kuchar is a round-two tee time at Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Shore Course. In 10 previous trips, Kuchar's best finish at this event is a T6 which came back in 2007.
Feb 8 - 5:30 PM