Matt Kuchar


Around the turn of the century Kuchar was ‘America’s next big thing’. He won the 1997 US Amateur, wowed the home crowds at both the Masters and US Open in 1998 and then, when he turned pro in 2000, he claimed a first win in the 2002 Honda Classic. However, even before that win there were hints that all was not as rosy as had been predicted and by 2006 he was fighting for his golfing life on the Nationwide Tour. He did return to the PGA Tour in 2007 but it was only in the first week of October 2009, some 12 years after he first introduced himself to America and exactly one year before this year’s Ryder Cup, that his promise began to blossom. He won the Turning Stone Resort Championship and since then has been the model of consistency claiming no less than 17 top 25 finishes since. His only experience of international team golf came in 1999 when he lost all three of his matches when playing for the defeated US team in the Walker Cup (his opponents included Paul Casey and Luke Donald) but he proved he has head-to-head skills when claiming that win at Turning Stone, defeating Vaughn Taylor in a tense six-hole sudden death play-off.

Date Tournament Position
5th Sep Deutsche Bank Championship 11
29th Aug The Barclays 1
15th Aug PGA Championship 10
26th Sep Tour Championship 25
12th Sep BMW Championship 3