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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. 13 Matt Kuchar tossed up a bogey-free 3-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of the TOUR Championship to finish up on 6-under 69-71-67-67=274, up six spots to T9 with play still in progress and projecting to drop two places to 14th in the FedExCup standings. UPDATE: With play completed, Kuchar finished T10, six adrift of champion Xander Schauffele, and 14th in the FEC standings.
The 39-year-old closed out last week's BMW with a bogey-free 67 (-4) for a T5 and duplicated the blemish-free effort on Sunday at East Lake. It might just net him another top-10 finish this postseason, posting T10 at THE NORTHERN TRUST and the above-mentioned T5. This was the Georgia Tech alum's seventh consecutive appearance with a pair of T10s his best (2015, 2012), so he's right on that number. He hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, gaining 2.017 strokes approaching-the-green and 3.132 tee-to-green. The Florida native circled holes 1, 6 and 18, posting 1.800 putts per GIR and -0.133 SG: Putting. If the top 10 holds, it'll be his ninth of the season in 26 starts. Sep 24 - 4:50 PM

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World No. 13 Matt Kuchar enjoyed a bogey-free 4-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of the BMW Championship to finish up on 15-under 269, currently T5 and projected 12th in the FedExCup standings, up six places on the week.

The 39-year-old is off to his eighth consecutive TOUR Championship and records his second top 10 this postseason (T10, The NT). After opening in 67-68-67, he began in a seven-way T5 on 11-under, eight adrift of 54-hole leader Marc Leishman. The Florida native hit nine (of 14) fairways and pelted 16 greens in regulation, gaining 1.068 strokes approaching-the-green and 1.924 tee-to-green. He carded four birdie-3s at Nos. 4 (from 20'1"), 9, 15 and 16, posting 1.750 putts per GIR and 0.143 SG: Putting with 30 total putts. This is his second straight top 10 at the BMW and a second consecutive top 5 (T4/2016).
Sep 17 - 5:47 PM

World No. 13 Matt Kuchar signed for a 4-under-par 33-34=67 after the third round of the BMW Championship and a three-day total of 11-under 202, up five places to T5, eight in arrears of 54-hole leader Marc Leishman.

The 39-year-old hit 10 (of 14) fairways and conjured eight greens in regulation, losing 0.131 strokes approaching-the-green but gaining 1.155 around-the-green. He squared two bogey-5s at holes 3 and 4, offset by two conventional circles at 7 and 14, adding eagle-3 at 8 from 16'9" and hole-out birdie-3s at 1 and 10 from 17'5" away and 14'2", respectively. The Georgia Tech alum recorded 1.750 putts per GIR and 1.069 SG: Putting, taking 24 total putts. He's projecting at 15th in the FedExCup standings, heading back to the TOUR Championship for an eighth straight year.
Sep 16 - 5:55 PM

World No. 13 Matt Kuchar handed in a 3-under-par 35-33=68 after the second round of the BMW Championship to reach 7-under 135, up five places to T9 with play still in progress.

This is the 39-year-old's ninth appearance (in the FedExCup era) with top-5 finishes last year (T4) and T3 in 2010 (Cog Hill G&CC). He kicked off with a six-birdie two-bogey 67 and chased with four circles against one square on 12 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation. The Florida native recorded 0.588 SG: Off-the-Tee and 0.543 SG: Around-the-Green, losing 0.295 approaching-the-green. He circled holes 8 (from 19'0"), 12, 13 and 18, posting 1.786 putts per GIR and 0.364 SG: Putting, needing 30 total putts.
Sep 15 - 5:56 PM

Past champ and World No. 13 Matt Kuchar backed up with a 3-over-par 38-35=73 in the final round of THE NORTHERN TRUST, falling seven places to T10 on 4-under 276 and remaining 15th in the FedExCup standings.

This was the 2010 playoff winner's 11th consecutive appearance (in the FedExCup era), fifth top 25 and fourth top 10, first since T5 in 2014 (Ridgewood CC). Overall, it was his 38th Playoffs event and 11th top 10, second in his last three. After opening in 71-64-68, the Florida native began T3 on 7-under, five back of 54-hole leader Jordan Spieth. Playing out of the third-to-last twosome, he striped 13 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, losing 1.369 strokes around-the-green and 1.343 SG: Total. The Georgia Tech alum carded two birdies at Nos. 3 and 15, overshadowed by five bogeys at 1, 2 (3-putt from 50'0"), 7 (3-putt from 38'1"), 8 and 16, recording a dismal 2.077 putts per GIR, -1.134 SG: Putting, needing 33 total putts.
Aug 27 - 8:58 PM

Past champ and World No. 13 Matt Kuchar navigated a 2-under-par 34-34=68 in the third round of THE NORTHERN TRUST for a three-day tally of 7-under 203, up two places into a five-way T3, five short of 54-hole leader Jordan Spieth.

After kicking off in 71-64, the 2010 playoff winner began T5 on 5-under, one shy of a quartet of 36-hole leaders that included Spieth. Playing out of the third-to-last twosome, he hit 10 (of 14) fairways and mustered 11 greens in regulation, losing 0.172 strokes off-the-tee and 0.595 approaching-the-green. The Georgia Tech alum circled four conventional at holes 3, 5, 11 and 13, adding a pitch-in 2 at 6 from 45'3" away, outpacing three squares at 1, 2 and 14, the latter a 3-putt from 50'1" that completed his scoring. He registered 28 total putts and 0.976 SG: Putting, buoyed by a 21-foot 5-inch par-saver at the 17th.
Aug 26 - 6:33 PM

Past champ and World No. 13 Matt Kuchar fired a 6-under-par 35-29=64 in the second round of THE NORTHERN TRUST for a 36-hole tally of 5-under 135, up 50 places to T5, one shy of a quartet of leaders and matching the course record of first-round pace-setter Russell Henley.

The 2010 playoff winner at Ridgewood CC has teed it up in all 11 editions of the Playoffs. In the first leg, he's now 10-for-11 with four prior top 25s and three top 10s, highlighted by the win and solo 2nd in his title defense in 2011 (Plainfield CC). The 39-year-old kicked off with a 1-over 71 (three birdies, four bogeys) and on Day 2, was birdie-less 2-over thru seven holes, squaring bogey-5s at holes 1 and 7. He awoke from his slumber, big time, connecting four straight birdie-3s at 8-11 and adding back-to-backs at 13 and 14, and 16 and 17. That equated to eight birdies in a 10-hole stretch for the native Flordian, knocking home five conventional birdies between 11 and 23 feet and adding pitch-in 3 at 10 from 31'11" away. On 13 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, he recorded a tidy 1.462 putts per GIR and 4.320 SG: Putting, needing just 24 total putts.
Aug 25 - 6:15 PM

World No. 12 Matt Kuchar authored a 3-under-par 33-35=68 in the final round of the 99th PGA Championship for a 72-hole total of 1-under 283, up 17 places to T9, seven back of champion Justin Thomas.

The 39-year-old finished in the top 16 in all four majors this season, three of those went for top 10s, which is the first time he's accomplished that. After opening in 71-74-70, he began T26 on 2-over, two shy of the overnight top 10. The Georgia Tech alum striped 12 (of 14) fairways and pelted 15 greens in regulation, gaining 3.138 strokes approaching-the-green and 0.774 around-the-green, No. 1 in the latter with a cumulative 6.475. He was bogey-free 4-under thru 15 holes, circling Nos. 2, 8, 14 and 15, before completing his scoring with bogey-5 at 16. The Florida native posted 1.800 putts per GIR and -0.693 SG: Putting. This was his fifth top 25 in nine PGA's and third top 10, and his 21st top 25 in 48 majors and 10th top 10.
Aug 13 - 9:36 PM

With his back against the cut wall, Matt Kuchar battled late to record a 4-under-par 34-34=68 during round two of the RBC Canadian Open, entering the weekend on 5-under 139, hovering outside the top 40 on the live leaderboard.

Kuchar struggled on day one as he battled through ear/balance (vertigo) issues. He missed on an early 10'10" eagle attempt at the par-5 second but looked much better overall. He added a crucial 35'8" par-saver at the par-4 8th but gave two strokes back at the par-4 10th after a costly miss from 3'2". From there, he sat at even par on the week, knowing he needed at least four strokes to play the weekend. Perhaps taking a trick from his playing partner last week, Kuchar rallied late to finish eagle-par-par-birdie-birdie-birdie, picking up five strokes in the closing six-hole stretch. Kuchar will now have a weekend tee time, and could make a serious move up the leaderboard if his vertigo troubles are behind him.
Jul 28 - 7:07 PM

RBC Ambassador and World No. 12 Matt Kuchar readies for his 11th RBC Canadian Open and checks in at 17th in the FedExCup standings.

The 39-year-old arrives off solo 2nd at The Open, his career best in majors and ninth top 10 in 47 major appearances. It was also his fifth consecutive top 16 on TOUR. The Georgia Tech alum is second fiddle this week to World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, both in OWGR and pre-tourney odds, a lofty 10/1 outright. He's 7-for-10 North of the Border with six top 25s, five top 10s (four straight), and three top 5s, including runner-up in 2013. The Florida native ranks T14 on TOUR in par-3 scoring (3.00), T20 in par-4 scoring (4.00) and T120 in par-5 scoring (4.71).
Jul 26 - 6:23 PM

Matt Kuchar steadied a 1-under-par 34-35=69 during round four of The 146th Open, flirting with victory but finding himself in solo second by week's end, posting a total of 9-under 271, three strokes behind the winner, Jordan Spieth.

Starting the day three back, Kuchar did all you could ask for out of someone playing in the final group at a major championship. He traded two birdies with two bogeys on the outward nine and actually took the lead after the par-4 13th. From there he added birdies at 15 and 17 but his playing partner, Jordan Spieth, went unconscious at the same time, going 5-under from the 14th to 17th holes. Needing a birdie, Kuchar got aggressive at the closing hole, leading to a bogey. In the end, this still goes in the books as a career best in major championships for Kuchar (T3, 2012 Masters). It also eclipses his previous best at this event (T9, 2012 Open Championship). Kuchar may be approaching 40 years of age, but he's not showing any signs of slowing down.
Jul 23 - 1:52 PM

Matt Kuchar did his best to keep the pressure on Jordan Spieth atop the Open Championship leaderboard Saturday, hoisting up a third-round 4-under-par 31-35=66 to finish 54 holes at 8-under 202, three back from the leader and in solo second.

That's an excellent day's work from the Ryder Cup star and yet he'll feel some pain after a twist on Royal Birkdale's 18. With Kuchar around eight feet away for birdie and Spieth just off the green, the gap looked set to close to one. Instead Spieth holed, Kuchar caught the lip and the margin was three, one more than it had been at start of play. Kuchar poured in seven birdies today (2, 3, 5, 7, 14, 15 and 17) but his score was kept in check by a bogey at 4 and a double at 16 after finding sand off the tee. The 39-year-old piped seven of 14 fairways, hit 12 greens in regulation and took 28 putts. Kuch will get another shot at Spieth in Sunday's final pairing and perhaps will be helped by the fact that it's a further three shots back to those in tied third.
Jul 22 - 2:55 PM

Overnight co-leader Matt Kuchar survived the blustery conditions in round two of The 146th Open, managing a 1-over-par 34-37=71 to reach 4-under 136 ahead of the weekend, claiming the early clubhouse lead with plenty of play remaining today.

Kuchar swallowed an early bogey at the second but responded with back-to-back birdies at three and four. The second of the two birdies was drained from very long distance. From there, he picked up just one more circle while swallowing bogeys at 8, 16, and 18. Kuchar's elite short game was on full display today, helping him beat the field average by more than three strokes. Kuchar's fellow overnight co-leaders, Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka, are both set to tee off after 2:45 p.m. local time, so Kuchar will have plenty of time to enjoy his clubhouse lead. The 39-year-old American is still searching for his first major championship victory.
Jul 21 - 8:41 AM

Matt Kuchar coasted to a bogey-free, 5-under-par 29-36=65 during the opening round of The 146th Open, joining Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth as the leaders in the clubhouse.

Kuchar fired out of the gate with four birdies in his opening six holes. That included a hole-out birdie from just off the green (using the putter) at the par-4 sixth. He circled another at the ninth to make the turn at 5-under 29, but that's where the scoring stopped. Kuchar played par golf on his way into the clubhouse, failing to take advantage of both par 5s, but will still be very pleased with his opening-round effort. This will go in the books as his best opening round in a major championship. It's also the first time Kuchar has positioned himself inside the top 20 after R1 of The Open. If this co-lead holds, it will be Kuchar's eighth career first-round lead/co-lead, converting just one of them into wins (2014 RBC Heritage).
Jul 20 - 1:34 PM

Matt Kuchar followed his opening 68 with a 2-under-par 34-36=70 in round two of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, a 10-foot birdie putt at his final hole helping him post the clubhouse target of 6-under 138, a shot clear of David Horsey and Mikko Ilonen.

That leads for now although it's three behind Padraig Harrington, who has two to play. Kuchar started on the back nine at Dundonald Links and made an excellent start today with red numbers at 10, 11 and 14 moving him into a tie for the lead. But he ran into trouble after that, making frustrating bogey-6s at both the 18th and 5th holes. With nothing better than pars elsewhere, it allowed Harrington to kick clear but Kuchar nailed his birdie try at the 9th to set the new target and that's an excellent opening for the American, who will be looking for his first major when he pegs it up at Royal Birkdale next week.
Jul 14 - 8:33 AM