|— Golfer —|
Kuchar in July 2008
|Full name||Matthew Gregory Kuchar|
June 21, 1978 |
Winter Park, Florida, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)|
|Residence||Sea Island, Georgia|
|Spouse||Sybi Kuchar (m. 2003)|
|Children||Cameron (b. 2007)
Carson (b. 2009)
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in Major Championships
|Masters Tournament||T3: 2012|
|U.S. Open||T6: 2010|
|The Open Championship||T9: 2012|
|PGA Championship||T10: 2010|
|Achievements and awards|
leading money winner
|Byron Nelson Award||2010|
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 six times on the PGA Tour, with these wins spanning over 11 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, one-plane swing from 2008 onward leading to improved results. He is renowned as one of the most consistent players on the tour, having earned 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.
Kuchar won the The Players Championship in 2012, the flagship event of the PGA Tour, his biggest tournament victory to date. As a result, he moved to a career high number five in the world rankings and has spent over 40 weeks ranked inside its top-10. In February 2013, Kuchar won his first World Golf Championship event, defeating Hunter Mahan in the final of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
- 1 Early years
- 2 Professional career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Amateur wins (2)
- 5 Professional wins (10)
- 6 Results in major championships
- 7 World Golf Championships
- 8 PGA Tour career summary
- 9 U.S. national team appearances
- 10 See also
- 11 Equipment
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Born in Winter Park, Florida, Kuchar graduated from Seminole High School in Sanford in 1996. He attended Georgia Tech in Atlanta, where he was a two-time first-team All-American on the Yellow Jackets' golf team. After narrowly losing in the finals of the 1996 U.S. Amateur championship to Tiger Woods, his final amateur event before turning pro, Kuchar won the title in 1997. 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.
Kuchar's first win on the PGA Tour came at the Honda Classic in 2002. A tough year in 2005 saw him win under $403,000, 159th on the money list, which caused a loss of 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 Nationwide Tour money list to earn 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 Fall Series in 2009 at the Turning Stone Resort Championship. He prevailed in a playoff over Vaughn Taylor that concluded on Monday due to darkness on Sunday evening.
Kuchar made the Ryder Cup team in 2010, taking the eighth and last merit position on the 12-man U.S. squad on August 15. 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 two weeks later at The Barclays on August 29, 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.
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 on Maui. 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, 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, he 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. 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.
Kuchar had his best performance in a major championship at The 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 out of the playoff between Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen.
Kuchar won the biggest tournament of his career in May when he won The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. He shot a final round of 70 (−2) to win by two strokes over runners-up Rickie Fowler, Martin Laird, Ben Curtis, and Zach Johnson. He entered the final round in the last group, one stroke behind Kevin Na. After bogeying the first hole, he played a near-perfect round, except for 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.
He won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in February, defeating Hunter Mahan 2&1 in the final. During the final, Kuchar built up an early lead and was 4 up at the turn. Mahan mounted a comeback on the back nine, winning four of the next seven holes to trail by just one with two to play. Mahan's wild drive on the par-4 17th put him in trouble, and after Kuchar knocked his approach close, Mahan failed to chip in for par and conceded the hole, which ended the match and gave Kuchar his first World Golf Championship title. Throughout the week, Kuchar has never more than one down in any of his matches and only trailed three times on his way to the win. He defeated Hiroyuki Fujita, Sergio García, Nicolas Colsaerts, Robert Garrigus and Jason Day on route to the final. Kuchar moved back into the world's top 10 after this victory.
Kuchar is married to Sybi Kuchar and they live at St. Simons Island in Georgia. Their two sons are Cameron Cole (b. 2007), and Carson Wright (b. 2009).
Amateur wins (2)
Professional wins (10)
PGA Tour wins (6)
|World Golf Championships (1)|
|FedEx Cup playoff event (1)|
|Other PGA Tour (4)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||Mar 10, 2002||Honda Classic||68-69-66-66=269||−19||2 strokes||Brad Faxon, Joey Sindelar|
|2||Oct 5, 2009||Turning Stone Resort Championship||67-68-67-69=271||−17||Playoff||Vaughn Taylor|
|3||Aug 29, 2010||The Barclays||68-69-69-66=272||−12||Playoff||Martin Laird|
|4||May 13, 2012||The Players Championship||68-68-69-70=275||−13||2 strokes|| Ben Curtis, Rickie Fowler,
Zach Johnson, Martin Laird
|5||Feb 24, 2013||WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship||2 and 1||Hunter Mahan|
|6||Jun 2, 2013||The Memorial Tournament||68-70-70-68=276||−12||2 strokes||Kevin Chappell|
PGA Tour playoff record (2–0)
|1||2009||Turning Stone Resort Championship||Vaughn Taylor||Won with par on sixth extra hole|
|2||2010||The Barclays||Martin Laird||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
Nationwide Tour wins (1)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||May 21, 2006||Henrico County Open||71-67-69-72=279||−9||Playoff||Paul Claxton|
Other wins (3)
- 2011 CVS Caremark Charity Classic (with Zach Johnson), Omega Mission Hills World Cup (with Gary Woodland)
- 2013 Franklin Templeton Shootout (with Harris English)
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||CUT||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||CUT||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||CUT||CUT||CUT|
|The Open Championship||T27||CUT||T9||T15|
LA = Low Amateur
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||1||2||9||3|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (2010 Masters – 2011 U.S. Open)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (five times)
World Golf Championships
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin
|2013||WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship||n/a||2 & 1||Hunter Mahan|
|Accenture Match Play Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|Accenture Match Play Championship||DNP||R32||3||QF||1|
- DNP = Did not play
- QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
- "T" = tied
- Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
- Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.
PGA Tour career summary
* As of the 2013 season.
U.S. national team appearances
- Ryder Cup: 2010, 2012
- Presidents Cup: 2011 (winners), 2013 (winners)
- World Cup: 2011 (winners), 2013
As of April 3, 2013:
- Driver: Bridgestone J40 430
- 3 Wood: Ping Anser
- Hybrid: Ping Anser
- Driving Iron: Fourteen Tour Prototype
- Irons: Bridgestone J40 Cavity Back Custom Black Oxide Finish (5-PW)
- Wedges: Bridgestone J40 Black Oxide (52, 56 Degrees)
- Putter: Bettinardi Matt Kuchar Proto DASS FitFace
- Ball: Bridgestone Tour B330-S
- Dorman, Larry (May 14, 2012). "Kuchar smiles, and grinds, his way to a signature Playerswin". PGA Tour. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
- Kendall, Mark (February 24, 2013). "Matt Kuchar beat Hunter Mahan 2&1 to win WGC Match Play Championship". Sky Sports. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
- "Molder chasing former GT teammate Kuchar". Vegas Insider. Associated Press. August 13, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
- "Kuchar wins on sixth playoff hole". ESPN. Associated Press. October 5, 2009. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
- "Matt Kuchar claims first win of year". ESPN. Associated Press. August 30, 2010. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
- "Career Feats: Furyk named PGA Player of the Year; Kuchar earns first Vardon Trophy". PGA of America. November 15, 2010. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
- "Kuchar wins multiple Tour season-ending awards". PGA Tour. November 14, 2010. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
- "Steve Stricker wins Memorial by 1 shot". ESPN. Associated Press. June 6, 2011. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
- "U.S. team wins golf's World Cup". ESPN. Associated Press. November 27, 2011. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
- "Matt Kuchar wins as Ian Poulter finishes fourth". BBC Sport. February 24, 2013. Retrieved February 26, 2013.
- "WITB: Matt Kuchar". Golf WRX. February 11, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
- Official website
- Matt Kuchar at the PGA Tour official site
- Matt Kuchar at the Official World Golf Ranking official site
- RamblinWreck.com Georgia Tech athletics, golf, Matt Kuchar