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Matt Kuchar

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

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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

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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

Matt Kuchar eased his way to a 4-under-par 36-32=68 opening lap of Dundonald Links to be positioned T8 in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, three back of leader Mikko Ilonen.

The American was T2 in this event two years ago at Gullane, and T10 back in 2011. It’s perhaps odd he doesn’t make the trip more often since it has proved a useful Open prep when played on links – and his record in the year’s third major is far from perfect (6-for-12, best of T9). On Thursday he made an ugly sandwich of a start, marking birdie at 1 and 4, but adding a pair of bogeys as the filling. Eight straight pars followed and the lead seemed a distant target, but back-to-back circled holes at 13 and 14 got him moving and a superb eagle-3 at the par-5 18th completed what was eventually a very good day’s play.
Jul 13 - 2:18 PM

World No. 15 Matt Kuchar is at Erin Hills for the 117th U.S. Open and arrives at 32nd in the FedExCup standings. UPDATE: Kuchar finished T16 on 5-under 283 (74-71-70-68), his 19th top 25 in 46 major championship appearances.

The 38-year-old has featured on the 36- and 54-hole leaderboards in four of the last six U.S. Opens with top-15 finishes in 2015, 2014 and 2011. Overall, he's 9-for-14 with five top 25s and one top 10, a T6 in 2010 (Pebble Beach). This is his 46th major championship appearance with a best of T3 at the 2012 Masters. The Georgia Tech alum checks in off three straight top 15s, including a tied-season-best T4 at the Memorial where he was solo 2nd thru 54 holes (69-70-67-73). He ranks 159th on TOUR in driving distance (283.5 yards), 98th in total driving, and 22nd in scoring average (70.202). The Florida native's other T4 this season was at the Masters (72-73-71-67).
Source: USOpen.com
Jun 14 - 4:13 PM

Past champ and World No. 18 Matt Kuchar back-pedaled to a 1-over-par 35-38=73 in the weather delayed final round of the Memorial Tournament to conclude on 9-under 279, down two spots and tying a season-best T4, four back of champion Jason Dufner, who shot 68.

The 2013 winner bags his seventh top 10 at the Memorial in 12 tries and fifth top 5, second straight. After opening in 69-70-67, he began in solo 2nd, three short of 54-hole leader and playing competitor Daniel Summerhays. The Georgia Tech alum was even-par thru 10 holes, trading birdies at 7 and 8 with bogeys at 1 and 10 when play was suspended the first time. Upon return, he dropped a 9'6" par-saver at 11, squared bogey-5 at 13, and got back to level with birdie-4 at 15 from 14'4". At the par-3 16th, Kuchar airmailed the green, pitched on the surface and then with umbrella in hand, looked to be awaiting an impending stoppage of play, which didn't immediately come. He missed the par-saver from 12'0", tapped in for bogey, and then the horn sounded. When play resumed, the 38-year-old missed birdie tries at 17 and 18 from 15'1" and 31'3", respectively. This is his 10th top 25 of the season (third straight) and fourth top 10, matching a T4 at the Masters.
Jun 4 - 9:00 PM

Past champ and World No. 18 Matt Kuchar styled a 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the third round of the Memorial Tournament to post 10-under 206, up five spots to solo 2nd and good for the 54-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Kuchar is solo 2nd, three back of leader Daniel Summerhays.

After opening in 69-70, the 2013 winner began in a six-way T7 on 5-under, nine shy of 36-hole leader Jason Dufner. He found nine (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 1.012 strokes approaching-the-green and 2.379 tee-to-green. The 38-year-old squared a lone bogey-4 at 16, camouflaged by six birdies at 8, 9, 13-15 and 17, five from greater than eight feet and two from between 22 and 41 feet. He posted 1.714 putts per GIR and 2.220 SG: Putting. Kuchar is a 7-time TOUR winner in 392 career events, most recently at the 2014 RBC Heritage where he came from four back with 7-under 64 to win by 1.
Jun 3 - 5:32 PM

Past champ and World No. 18 Matt Kuchar handed in a 2-under-par 34-36=70 after the second round of the Memorial Tournament to reach 5-under 139, up three places to T6 with play still in progress.

The 2013 winner's opening 69 was one of only two blemish-free laps in R1. His bogey-free streak ended with a 5 at the par-4 second and walked off with bogey-5 at 18, both on failed scrambles. In between, he circled four birdies on eight (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 1.614 strokes tee-to-green at the time he signed his card. All four of his circles dropped from inside of 12 feet, posting 1.750 putts per GIR and eking out a 0.104 SG: Putting at last check.
Jun 2 - 1:08 PM

Matt Kuchar put on a ball-striking clinic en route to a bogey-free, 3-under-par 35-34=69 in round one of the Memorial Tournament, finding an early spot inside the top 10.

This was a relatively stress-free round for Kuchar as he gained 2.846 strokes approaching-the-green (15 GIR) and set up 14 birdie looks from inside 21 feet. The putter came out flat, as he only converted on three of those chances, two from inside nine feet, losing 0.74 strokes putting on the day. Playing his 43rd round at Muirfield Village Golf Club, this goes in the books as his 32nd sub-par round, and 19th sub-70 round. Kuchar is in great position after day one, but he'll need the flat stick to warm up if he wants to find his way back into the winner's circle.
Jun 1 - 6:00 PM

Past champ and World No. 18 Matt Kuchar, No. 39 in the FedExCup standings, continues his love affair with Muirfield Village Golf Club as his prepares for his 12th Memorial Tournament.

The 38-year-old is 10-for-11 in Dublin, Ohio, with eight top 25s and six top 10s, highlighted by his win in 2013 (as 54-hole leader) and preceded by a T2 in 2011. He's a 7-time TOUR winner in 392 career events but not since the 2014 RBC Heritage 80 starts ago. The Georgia Tech alum is 12-for-16 this season with nine top 25s and three top 10s and a season-best T4 at the Masters. He checks in off a T40 (Texas Open), 82/MDF (PLAYERS), T9 (Byron Nelson) and T12 last week at the DEAN & DELUCA (70-72-68-67).
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 31 - 4:37 PM

World No. 20 Matt Kuchar orchestrated a 1-under-par 36-33=69 in the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson to wrap on 7-under 273, up five spots to T9 with play still in progress.

This was the 38-year-old's 10th Nelson and is now 10-for-10. He adds a fifth top 25 and possibly a fourth top 10, second consecutive (T3/2016). After kicking off in 66-71-67, the Georgia Tech alum began T14 on 6-under, one adrift of the overnight top 10. He landed eight (of 14) fairways and pelted 15 greens in regulation, the current leader in the latter at 75.00 percent (54/72). The Florida native was 2-over thru four holes, squaring back-to-backs at 3 and 4 (3-putt from 25'7"), but then played his final 14 in blemish-free 3-under, circling 5, 11 and 13, all from inside of 12 feet. This will be his eighth top 25 of the season in 15 starts, possibly a third top 10, and was a nice rebound from T82/MDF last week at THE PLAYERS (73-71-81).
May 21 - 5:54 PM

Matt Kuchar connected on a 4-under-par 33-33=66 during round one of the AT&T Byron Nelson, staking out an early spot inside the top 10.

Kuchar came out flying today, opening on the back nine to pick off three early birdies at Nos. 11, 12, and 14. He tapped in the first, stretched it out to 22'11" at the 12th and then bombed one in from 30'3" at the 14th. Kuchar would trade two bogeys with a trio of birdies from that point on. The biggest asset was strokes gained off-the-tee today, gaining 1.958 strokes at the time he walked off the course. The Georgia Tech product has now opened with red numbers in six of his last seven appearances at TPC Four Seasons, converting four of those red numbers into top 15s by week's end. Gamers should expect Kuchar to keep hanging around near the top of the board all week long.
May 18 - 2:33 PM

Past champ and World No. 17 Matt Kuchar spun a 7-under-par 31-33=64 in today's final round of the RBC Heritage to conclude on 8-under 276, up 49 places on the live leaderboard to T14 and good for the low round in the clubhouse. UPDATE: With play completed, Kuchar finished T11 and his 64 was the low round of the day.

The RBC Ambassador and 2014 winner was the second-highest-ranked player in OWGR this week to No. 16 Tyrrell Hatton. After opening in 68-71-73, he began T63 on 1-under, seven adrift of the overnight top 10. The Sea Island, Georgia, resident landed 10 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 4.487 strokes tee-to-green. He squared a lone bogey-4 at 14 (failed scramble), overpowered by six birdies and an eagle-3 at the second (from 31'8"). This was the Georgia Tech alum's 12th start of the season and seventh top 25. His 64 ties a season low (Phoenix Open/R1) and is currently 7.303 shots better than the field average in the finale.
Apr 16 - 3:36 PM