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Matt Kuchar

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (38) / 6/21/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 195

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World No. 22 Matt Kuchar preps for the Hero World Challenge at Albany in The Bahamas and is paired the first round with 2015 champion Jordan Spieth.
The 38-year-old is making his seventh straight appearance with a best of T3 in 2014 (Sherwood CC) and was 14th (of 18) last year at Albany (70-66-69-71). He arrives off a missed cut (by five) at The RSM Classic where he was the top-ranked player in OWGR and the pre-tourney odds-fave. Kuchar also missed the cut at the season-opener in Napa before posting a T21 at the no-cut WGC-HSBC. He's a 7-time TOUR winner in 379 career events but hasn't won since the 2014 RBC Heritage 67 starts ago. Wed, Nov 30, 2016 01:09:00 PM

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Playing the Seaside Course at Sea Island, top-ranked and odds-fave Matt Kuchar labored to a 2-over-par 35-37=72 in today's second round of The RSM Classic and at even-par 70-72=142, missed the cut by five strokes.

A total of 80 players from a field of 156 pros made the cut of 5-under 137 with 18 finishing T63 on the number so, a secondary cut of low 70 and ties will come after 54 holes. Kuchar, the top-ranked player at OWGR No. 20 and the pre-tourney odds fave at 14/1 outright, ended his shortened stay with a double bogey-6, his second double of the week, and also squared three bogeys against just seven birdies (all birdie-3s). The Sea Island, Georgia, resident, who arrived off a T21 at the no-cut WGC-HSBC three weeks ago (73-66-68-76), had never MCd at the RSM in six previous visits and had never finished worse than T25. Other notable early exits include: 138- Harris English; Kevin Chappell; Patton Kizzire; 2014 champ Chris Kirk .. 139- Cody Gribble; Si Woo Kim; Johnson Wagner .. 140- defending champ Kevin Kisner; Zach Johnson .. 143- Brian Harman.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 05:31:00 PM

Top-ranked and odds-fave Matt Kuchar prepares for his sixth RSM Classic.

The 38-year-old is top dog at OWGR No. 20 and a pre-tourney fave at 14/1 outright. He's 5-for-5 at the RSM with five top 25s and one top 10, a T7 in 2014. Last year, he posted a T25 (69-67-69-69) and also was T25 on debut in 2010, which are his two worst finishes. The Sea Island, Georgia, resident is making his third start of the season after a missed cut at the Safeway (on borrowed clubs) and a T21 at the no-cut WGC-HSBC three weeks ago, where he was T8 thru 54 holes (73-66-68) before slumping to a 4-over 76.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 06:23:00 PM

Matt Kuchar aced the par-3 17th en route to a 4-under-par 33-35=68 during the third round of the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, placing him at T8 on 9-under 207 heading into the finale. UPDATE: Cadillac did in fact award Kuchar for his HIO, allowing him is pick of their 2017 lineup ... he chose an Escalade.

Kuchar coasted on the front nine with circles at 2, 3, and 6, without dropping a shot. He gave back two after the turn, first with a bogey at the par-4 10th and then another at the par-3 12th. He rebounded right away to birdie the par-4 13th but saved the best for last. Stepping on the tee box at the par-3 17th with a 5-iron, Kuchar aced it, the third hole-in-one of his career. The golfers were brought up a tee box so it was playing less than 200 yards today, making him ineligible to win the car that was up for grabs as a hole-in-one offering. Kuchar will be just fine without another car considering he's now T8 on the leaderboard with one round to play. He's only five shots off Russell Knox's second-place tally but first place may be out of reach as he sits eight strokes back.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 08:52:00 AM

Using a replacement set of clubs due to Hurricane Matthew, Sea Island, Georgia, resident and World No. 17 Matt Kuchar, a pre-tourney 14/1 outright, labored to an even-par 35-37=72 in the two-day second round of the Safeway Open and at 2-under 70-72=142, missed the cut by one stroke.

A total of 70 players made the cut of 3-under 141 with 20 of those on the number (T51). Kuchar opened his second appearance (T21/2015) with a five-birdie three-bogey 70 and was 1-under thru 11 holes, 3-under total, when play was suspended on Friday. He returned Saturday morning to complete his final seven holes in birdie-less 1-over, 3-putting the par-4 14th from 24'1". The 38-year-old hit 15 greens in regulation but circled just two birdies, posting a dismal 1.933 putts per GIR and -1.508 SG: Putting. He missed six of his seven scoring chances from inside of 15 feet. Other notables with early exits include: 142- James Hahn; Charley Hoffman; Jhonattan Vegas ... 143- Patrick Rodgers ... 144- Bryson DeChambeau; Daniel Summerhays ... 145- David Lingmerth; Grayson Murray ... 146- Smylie Kaufman ... 147- Jason Kokrak; Webb Simpson ... 148- Charles Howell III; Brian Harman.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 03:07:00 PM

Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson never trailed on their way toward a 2-and-1 four-ball victory over Ryder Cup veterans Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia to regain control of the Ryder Cup leaderboard to give the Americans a 7.5 to 6.5 lead on the week.

Kuchar set the tone early by sticking his approach on the par-4 first to tap-in distance. Kaymer would match, but Kuchar stayed hot by splashing home a 20-footer for birdie at the following hole. This time Garcia would match. Mickelson kept the pressure on with a tap-in birdie at the par-5 third while Kaymer used too much pace and Garcia toilet-bowled his putt, allowing the Americans to draw first blood. The Spaniard missed a bunny at the No. 4 to lose another hole and the United States never looked back. Highlights included a 30-foot birdie bomb from Mickelson at the par-4 10th as well as a 40-foot birdie at the par-3 13th that curled in off the face of Kuchar's putter. The Europeans were no push-overs as they carded seven birdies on the round, but Mickelson capped off the victory with a birdie splash at the par-3 17th. This win tips the scale back in the favor of the United States, with the final two matches nearing completion on Saturday evening.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 07:01:00 PM

Matt Kuchar received one of four captain's pick for the American squad at the 2016 Ryder Cup and he'll look to make Davis Love III proud as he takes on Hazeltine National Golf Club this week in Chaska, Minnesota.

Kuchar is making his fourth appearance at the biennial event (2010, 2012, 2014) but he's yet to taste victory. Diving into his personal record, he is 4-5-2 with the four-balls format being his highlight at 2-1-2. On paper, Kuchar can be paired with anyone since he doesn't have any glaring weaknesses, ranking top 50 in all strokes gained sub-categories. His chipper personality is hard to not get along with, as well. As the 2013 WGC-Match Play champion we know he can handle the head-to-head format, but he's just 1-2-0 in Ryder Cup singles heading into the week.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 10:51:00 AM

16-seed Matt Kuchar fashioned a bogey-free 2-under-par 34-34=68 in today's third round of the TOUR Championship to reach the three-quarter mark on even-par 210, joining Kevin Chappell's 66 in R1 as the only blemish-free rounds of the week thus far.

The 38-year-old stumbled to a 73 in yesterday's second frame, outbalancing four birdies with five bogeys and a double, but rebounded with a clean card on Day 3 at East Lake to move five places to T11 with play still in progress. He split 10 (of 14) fairways and is currently leading the field in that stat at 73.81 percent (31/42). The Georgia Tech alum hit 14 greens in regulation, circling the par-5 sixth from 4'1" and the par-3 11th from 27'8", posting a pedestrian 1.857 putts per GIR though 1.400 in SG: Putting. He rolled in three par-savers from between five and nine feet but did miss a scoring chance from 6'7" at the par-4 17th.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 02:38:00 PM

Matt Kuchar grinded out a 1-under-par 36-33=69 during the opening round of the TOUR Championship to vault inside the top 10 on the live leaderboard.

The Georgia Tech product striped 10 (of 14) fairways to keep the ball in play throughout the round. From there, he managed just 12 greens but didn't find a lot off trouble with his misses, just two of the six leading to bogeys. On the positive side of the spectrum, he splashed home three putts from outside 11 feet and also stiffed his 159-yard approach to 13 inches for a tap-in birdie at the par-4 fifth hole. On the whole, this was a very Kuchar-esque round where he found ways to score despite not finding as many greens as he would have liked.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 05:04:00 PM

Matt Kuchar heads to his old stomping grounds of Atlanta, Georgia, in preparation of this week's TOUR Championship.

The Georgia Tech product is very familiar with the area this week, but his course knowledge hasn't translated to success at this event quite yet. In six trips he's recorded a pair of T10s but nothing better. The way Kuchar keeps it between the pipes and dials in his irons from long distance, you would think it'd be a natural fit. This week he arrives at East Lake Golf Club ranked 16th in the FedExCup race, looking for a big finish to the season before heading to Hazeltine National Golf Club for next week's Ryder Cup competition.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 03:08:00 PM

Olympic bronze-medalist Matt Kuchar conjured up a 1-under-par 36-35=71 in the final round of the BMW Championship for a four-day tally of 12-under 276, up one spot into a five-way T4, a distant 11 in arrears to overnight leader and champion Dustin Johnson.

The 38-year-old maintained his spot in the top 30 in the FedExCup standings, improving from 28th to 16th, and advances to the TOUR Championship for a seventh straight season. Whether he did enough to secure a Captain's Pick from skipper Davis Love III, we'll find out tomorrow, or at the very least, after East Lake in two weeks. The Georgia Tech alum began the final frame in a two-way T5 on 11-under after opening his eighth consecutive appearance in 68-69-68. He mustered just two birdie-4s at holes 9 and 11, outpacing a lone bogey-5 at the eighth. For the week, Kuchar was T2 in total birdies with 22, T7 in bogeys with six, and T45 in doubles with two, both in R2. It's his 10th top 10 of the season in 25 starts, rebounding from a T64 and T46 to begin the Playoffs.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 08:42:00 PM

Olympic bronze-medalist Matt Kuchar orchestrated a 4-under-par 34-34=68 on Moving Day at the BMW Championship to reach the three-quarter mark on 11-under 205, up one spot to T5 with play still in progress.

The 38-year-old squared a lone bogey-4 at the sixth (failed scramble), but outpaced it with five birdies. He landed 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, posting 1.369 SG: Approach-the-Green contributing to 2.601 SG: Tee-to-Green. The Georgia Tech alum circled Nos. 3, 4, 9, 15 and 18, all from inside of 11 feet, for 1.615 putts per GIR and 0.959 SG: Putting.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 07:36:00 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, Matt Kuchar bobbed and weaved to a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in the second round of the BMW Championship to post 7-under 137, up two spots to T6, seven shy of 36-hole co-leaders Roberto Castro and Dustin Johnson.

The Georgia Tech alum overcame two double bogey-6s and a bogey-4 with eight birdies. His lap ended on a sour note though, eating a one-putt double bogey-6 at the eighth, and whiffing 4'8" birdie try on the ninth, walking off with a disappointing par 5. The 38-year-old digressed from his first-round stats to 11 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, but posted a tidy 1.538 putts per GIR though -0.081 SG: Putting. Thru 36 holes, he's staying in contention by finding the short grass, T1 in driving accuracy at 85.71 percent (24/28). Kuchar's opening salvo from 22'2" at the par-4 10th was his longest conventional par breaker, adding a 27-footer from the fringe at the seventh for birdie-3.
Fri, Sep 9, 2016 06:56:00 PM

Matt Kuchar cruised to a 4-under-par 35-33=68 during the weather-delayed opening round of the BMW Championship.

The 38-year-old kept himself in position all round by splitting 13 (of 14) fairways. He parlayed that in 14 greens hit and really picked up the scoring on the back nine when his putter finally caught fire. After making the turn at 1-under, Kuchar circled birdies on five of his first seven holes on the inward nine. Four of thosse birdies came as a result of putts made from outside 10 feet, including a 30'7" bomb at the par-5 15th. Kuchar's precision off the tee helps him attack any course, but he seems to have a knack for attacking Pete Dye designs, and that's holding true after one round at Crooked Stick Golf Club.
Fri, Sep 9, 2016 09:53:00 AM

Matt Kuchar started the week thinking he was playing team golf and ended it winning individual bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after a final round 8-under-par 31-32=63 for 13-under 271.

The 38-year-old was flawless in his final lap of the Olympic Golf Course. He made his first birdie with a two-putt on the par-five fifth and backed it up with an 8'6" par breaker on six, but really began making strides around the turn. He birdied 8, 9 and 10, with all three conversions coming from inside 13-feet. He added two more red numbers on 15 and 17, ironically failing to make headway on the short par-four 16th or par-five final hole. Nonetheless he said afterwards: "I can't explain to you the pride I feel right now, just bursting out my chest." He ended the week four clear of fourth placed Thomas Pieters.
Sun, Aug 14, 2016 02:31:00 PM