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Matt Kuchar

Kuchar in July 2008
Personal information
Full nameMatthew Gregory Kuchar
NicknameKuch
Born(1978-06-21) June 21, 1978 (age 34)
Winter Park, Florida, U.S.
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceSt. Simons Island, Georgia
SpouseSybi Kuchar (m. 2003)
ChildrenCameron (b. 2007), Carson (b. 2009)
Career
CollegeGeorgia Tech
Turned professional2000
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins7
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour4
Nationwide Tour1
Best results in Major Championships
Masters TournamentT3: 2012
U.S. OpenT6: 2010
The Open ChampionshipT9: 2012
PGA ChampionshipT10: 2010
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour
leading money winner
2010
Vardon Trophy2010
Byron Nelson Award2010
 
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Matt Kuchar

Kuchar in July 2008
Personal information
Full nameMatthew Gregory Kuchar
NicknameKuch
Born(1978-06-21) June 21, 1978 (age 34)
Winter Park, Florida, U.S.
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceSt. Simons Island, Georgia
SpouseSybi Kuchar (m. 2003)
ChildrenCameron (b. 2007), Carson (b. 2009)
Career
CollegeGeorgia Tech
Turned professional2000
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins7
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour4
Nationwide Tour1
Best results in Major Championships
Masters TournamentT3: 2012
U.S. OpenT6: 2010
The Open ChampionshipT9: 2012
PGA ChampionshipT10: 2010
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour
leading money winner
2010
Vardon Trophy2010
Byron Nelson Award2010

Matthew Gregory Kuchar (born June 21, 1978) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour and formerly the Nationwide Tour. He has won four times on the PGA Tour, with these wins spanning over 10 years. He briefly enjoyed success in the early 2000s before suffering a slump where he struggled to maintain his playing status on the PGA Tour. He rejuvenated himself and built a new flat swing from 2008 onwards which enabled himself to enjoy much better results. He is renowned as a very consistent performer on the tour having amassed close to $15 million in prize money and recorded 30 top-10 finishes between 2009-2012. This included finishing as the PGA Tour's leading money winner in 2010.

In May 2012, Kuchar won the The Players Championship, the flagship event of the PGA Tour, his biggest tournament victory to date.[1] As a result, he moved to a career high number five in the world rankings. He has spent over 40 weeks ranked inside the worlds top-10.

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Early career

Kuchar was born in Winter Park, Florida, and graduated from Seminole High School in Sanford in 1996. He then attended Georgia Tech in Atlanta, where he was a two-time first-team All-American on the golf team. In 1997, he won the U.S. Amateur. He received the Haskins Award in 1998 as the nation's top collegiate golfer, and was the low amateur at both The Masters and U.S. Open. He turned pro in 2000, after earning his bachelor's degree in management. One of Kuchar's teammates at Georgia Tech was future PGA Tour professional Bryce Molder.[1]

Professional career

Kuchar's first win on the PGA Tour came at the 2002 Honda Classic. A tough year in 2005 saw him win under $403,000 to finish 159th on the money list and lose his tour card. He failed to regain it at qualifying school and played on the Nationwide Tour in 2006. Kuchar won its Henrico County Open and finished tenth on the 2006 Nationwide money list and earned back his PGA Tour card for 2007. He retained his card for the next two seasons by finishing 115th on the money list in 2007 and 70th in 2008.

Seven years after his first PGA Tour win, Kuchar won for a second time during the 2009 Fall Series at the Turning Stone Resort Championship in a playoff over Vaughn Taylor that concluded on Monday because of the playoff being postponed due to darkness on the previous Sunday.[2]

On August 15, 2010, Kuchar made the U.S. Ryder Cup team by earning enough points to take the 8th, and last position, awarded on points. At the time Kuchar led the PGA Tour in top-10 finishes for the year, but had not won a tournament in 2010. The winless streak ended at The Barclays on August 29, 2010, which was played at the Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey; Kuchar defeated Martin Laird on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.[3]

Kuchar won the Vardon Trophy[4] and Byron Nelson Award in 2010 for lowest scoring average and the PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Award for leading the money list.[5]

Kuchar started off 2011 well with three consecutive top-10 finishes in the first three weeks of the season. He finished T6 at the opening PGA Tour event, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. The following week at the Sony Open in Hawaii, he played his way to a T5 finish and then at the Bob Hope Classic achieved a T7 finish.

In February 2011, Kuchar reached the semi-finals of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship where he suffered a 6&5 defeat by eventual champion Luke Donald. In the 3rd place playoff match Kuchar defeated fellow American Bubba Watson, 2&1. Previously during the week Kuchar had beaten Anders Hansen on the 22nd hole in round one, Bo Van Pelt in round two, Rickie Fowler in round three and Y. E. Yang at the quarter-final stage.

Kuchar finished tied for second at The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village in June 2011 behind Steve Stricker.[6] This was his eighth top-10 finish of the season and took him to his highest ranking to date of world number six. Kuchar finished second at The Barclays, two strokes behind the winner Dustin Johnson. The tournament was shortened to 54 holes due to Hurricane Irene. This finish moved him to second in the FedEx Cup standings. Kuchar and Gary Woodland combined to win the Omega Mission Hills World Cup in November.[7]

Kuchar had his best performance in a major championship at the 2012 Masters when he finished in a tie for third. Kuchar was tied for the lead on the back nine on Sunday, but bogeyed the par three 16th and finished two strokes adrift of Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen.

Kuchar won the biggest tournament of his career in May 2012 when he triumphed at The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. He shot a final round of 70, two under par, to win by two strokes from Rickie Fowler, Martin Laird, Ben Curtis, and Zach Johnson. He entered the final round in the last group, one stroke behind Kevin Na, and after bogeying the first hole, produced a near perfect round of golf, apart from a three putt bogey on the 17th to hold off the challengers. The win elevated Kuchar to a career high of number five in the world rankings.

Personal life

Kuchar is married to Sybi Kuchar; they have two sons, Cameron Cole (2007), and Carson Wright (2009). They live in St. Simons Island in Georgia.

Amateur wins (2)

Professional wins (7)

PGA Tour wins (4)

Legend
FedEx Cup playoff event (1)
Other PGA Tour (3)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
1Mar 10, 2002Honda Classic–19 (68-69-66-66=269)2 strokesUnited States Brad Faxon, United States Joey Sindelar
2Oct 5, 2009Turning Stone Resort Championship–17 (67-68-67-69=271)PlayoffUnited States Vaughn Taylor
3Aug 29, 2010The Barclays–12 (68-69-69-66=272)PlayoffScotland Martin Laird
4May 13, 2012The Players Championship–13 (68-68-69-70=275)2 strokesUnited States Ben Curtis, United States Rickie Fowler,
United States Zach Johnson, Scotland Martin Laird

PGA Tour playoff record (2–0)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
12009Turning Stone Resort ChampionshipUnited States Vaughn TaylorWon with par on sixth extra hole
22010The BarclaysScotland Martin LairdWon with birdie on first extra hole

Nationwide Tour wins (1)

Other wins (2)

Results in major championships

Tournament19981999
The MastersT21 LAT50
U.S. OpenT14 LACUT
The Open ChampionshipCUTDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNP
Tournament2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
The MastersDNPDNPCUTDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
U.S. OpenDNPDNPCUTDNPDNPCUTCUTDNPT48CUT
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPCUTDNPDNPDNPDNPCUTCUTCUT
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPCUTDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPCUT
Tournament201020112012
The MastersT24T27T3
U.S. OpenT6T14T27
The Open ChampionshipT27CUTT9
PGA ChampionshipT10T19CUT

LA = Low Amateur
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary

Results in World Golf Championships

Tournament2002200320042005200620072008
Accenture Match Play ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
Cadillac ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
Bridgestone InvitationalT38DNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
Tournament2009201020112012
Accenture Match Play ChampionshipDNPR323QF
Cadillac ChampionshipDNPT35T8
Bridgestone InvitationalDNPT9T19T8
HSBC ChampionsT19DNPDNP

U.S. national team appearances

Amateur

Professional

See also

References

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