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Matt Kuchar

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

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St. Simons Island, Georgia, resident Matt Kuchar readies for his seventh RSM Classic and is the top-ranked player in the 156-man field at 15th in OWGR.
The Georgia Tech alum was top-ranked last year as well (20th), and missed his first cut in six visits. He has five top 25s in his five cashes with one top 10, a T7 in 2014. The 39-year-old is second-highest this week in outright odds at a pre-tourney 18/1 outright. He's a seven-time TOUR winner in 403 career events (392 pro), but not since the 2014 RBC Heritage 91 starts ago. The Florida native is making his second TOUR start of the season after a T31 at the WGC-HSBC three weeks ago, where he was T9 thru 54 holes (67-70-72-78). He also posted a T31 the week prior at the Bridgestone Open on the Japan Tour. Wed, Nov 15, 2017 07:23:00 PM

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Matt Kuchar has made just one bogey in reaching 7-under 137 through two rounds of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China although he struggled to find red numbers in a 2-under-par 35-35=70 on Friday.

But despite the lack of fireworks on his second lap of Sheshan International, the American ended the day the way he started it, in a tie for sixth place. Looking to build on his first-round 67, Kuchar opened with five pars before scoring birdie-2 at No. 6 for the second day running. But pars then became the norm again for the Ryder Cup star until a run of birdie-bogey-birdie at 14, 15 and 16. Two more pars at 17 and 18 completed a steady day although he'll go into the weekend six behind leader Dustin Johnson. Kuchar has hit the same number of greens in regulation as DJ through 36 holes (80.6%) but he'll need to get hotter on the putter; he's outside the top 30 in both recorded Putting categories (Putts Per Gir and Putts Per Round).
Fri, Oct 27, 2017 05:54:00 AM

Matt Kuchar birdied three of his final four holes at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China on Thursday, that burst of red securing a faultless 5-under-par 35-32=67 and a place inside the top six after round one.

It looked as if the Royal Birkdale runner-up would have plenty of catching up to do on fellow American Brooks Koepka (64) but gains at 6, 7 and 8 and a par at the tough 9th put him just three back. Starting at 10, Kuchar rode the par train for the first eight holes before finally posting his first red number of the day at the par-5 18th. Another followed at 2 and his patience was rewarded with those three late gains. The World No. 14 found 8 (of 14) fairways at Sheshan International today but pinged 16 greens in regulation, ranking him second in that category. He took 29 putts.
Thu, Oct 26, 2017 06:56:00 AM

Matt Kuchar will make his first start of the new PGA TOUR season as he preps for this week's World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China.

It's not always an easy task to fly halfway around the world and just pop out a top-10 finish, let alone win an event. That is likely why Kuchar entered last week's Bridgestone Open to get himself acclimated to the time zone as he plays Sheshan International for the second straight year, finishing T21 last year. That week was full of ups and down, carding 66 and 68 in Rounds 2 and 3, but bookending that with rounds of 73 and 76. The highlight of that week came in R3 when he aced the par-3 17th, his second eagle of the week. The Georgia Tech product doesn't play much in the fall but this week presents a nice opportunity to pick up some early-season FedExCup points.
Mon, Oct 23, 2017 03:34:00 PM

In the second match of Saturday morning foursomes, Americans Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson made easy work of Adam Hadwin and Adam Scott, brushing aside the Internationals 4-and-3 on Day 3 of the Presidents Cup and pushing Team USA to a 10.0 to 2.0 point overall score.

The United States began the morning with a commanding 8-to-2 overnight lead and Kuchar/Johnson were the second 4-and-3 win for the home team on Day 3, matching Spieth/Reed's win in the kickoff match. Kuchar/Johnson won the first hole with an up-and-down par and never trailed in this one, improving to 2-0-0 for the week after a 1 UP win on Day 1. The match was competitive thru four holes (all square) before the US took a 1 UP lead at No. 5 with bogey-5, and then moved to 4 UP by the turn, winning holes 6, 7 and 9, the latter two with birdies. The Internationals clawed back with birdie-wins at 10 and 13, now 2 DOWN, but the US closed them out with Kuchar dropping a par-saver from 6'6" to win the 14th, and KUCH again at 15, canning the birdie-clincher from 16'4".
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 11:16:00 AM

Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson fought hard with Jhonattan Vegas and Adam Scott, but it was the Americans that escaped with a 1-up victory during the Thursday Foursomes portion of the 2017 Presidents Cup.

The International side got off to a hot start, finding themselves 2-up after two. They applied plenty of pressure on the outward nine, including some notable putts of 7'8" and 16'10", winning four holes along the way. Kuchar and Johnson won three holes themselves on the outward nine. The most notable came at the par-3 seventh where Johnson holed out from the greenside bunker for birdie. Given the blustery conditions at Liberty National today, par was a good score for most of the day. However, this American duo managed to make their way around, blemish-free. That goes to show how strong the Scott-Vegas duo also played today, considering this went down to the very last hole.
Thu, Sep 28, 2017 05:28:00 PM

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.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 04:50:00 PM

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).
Sun, Sep 17, 2017 05:47:00 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.
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 05:55:00 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.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 05:56:00 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.
Sun, Aug 27, 2017 08:58:00 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.
Sat, Aug 26, 2017 06:33:00 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.
Fri, Aug 25, 2017 06:15:00 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.
Sun, Aug 13, 2017 09:36:00 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.
Fri, Jul 28, 2017 07:07:00 PM