He is regarded as one of the most consistent players on the USPGA Tour with a tall languid swing that he finds easy to replicate even when the pressure is on. Since making his debut as a youngster on tour and after a highly successful amateur career, Matt Kuchar, winner of the recent Accenture Match Play Championship, has matured into one of America’s finest golfers and certainly one of its most consistent.
With 8 professional wins on his resume, the 2010 PGA Money List Winner is hoping that 2013 could be the year where he finally turns all those consistent finishes, into perhaps a few more first place finishes, especially in the Major tournaments.
Player Name: Matthew Gregory Kuchar
Place of Birth: Winter Park, Florida
Main Sponsor: Bridgestone
Major Wins (0) : US Masters (0), US Open (0), Open Championship (0), USPGA Championship (0)
Other Tournament Wins : 8 – He has also won the Omega Mission Hills World Cup for the United States alongside compatriot Gary Woodland (below).
Current World Ranking: 8th
In The Bag with Matt Kuchar 2013
Driver: Bridgestone J40 Driver
Fairway Woods: Ping Anser Fairway Wood
Hybrids (if used): Ping Anser Hybrid
Irons: Bridgestone J40 Irons
Wedges: Titleist Spin Milled Vokey Wedge, Bridgestone J40 Satin Chrome Wedge
Putter: Kuchar uses a variety of putters throughout the year, he used a Bettinardi putter to win the recent Accenture Match Play tournament but tends to use different putters each week, selecting one for the tournament that feels right. He has no putter sponsor.
Ball: Bridgestone Tour B330 S ball (pictured)
Career Highlights: Kuchar’s first win at the 2002 Honda Classic was his first professional tour win but he also enjoyed a stellar amateur career which saw him win the US Amateur Championship and receive the Haskins Award, given to America’s top collegiate golfer. He also shone as an amateur at both the Masters and U.S. Open, finishing as the lowest scoring amateur in both.
Although Kuchar may have only won five events on the USPGA Tour, he has tended to win the big events outside of Majors. His Players Championship win last May (in what players call the ‘fifth major’) is arguably his best to date, but his victory with Gary Woodland representing the US at the Omega Mission Hills World Cup and winning The Barclays in a play off with Martin Laird also rank as career highpoints.
Career Lowpoints: Kuchar’s low point in his career came five years after he earned his degree and turned professional. In 2005, Kuchar struggled dismally with his game, winning just $409,000 in prize money all year and losing his tour card as a result. For a man regarded as one of America’s strongest amateur players since Tiger Woods, this was a huge shock.
He spent 2006 playing on the Nationwide Tour after failing to qualify for a tour card through the qualifying school. He finished 10th on the money list that year, winning one event and earned himself a tour card for 2007, from when he has not looked back.
What does the future hold for Matt Kuchar?
For “Kuch” as he has come to be known, there are certainly targets for him to aim for in 2013 and beyond. While his consistency is his greatest asset, it also does work against him in that he perhaps not won as many tournaments as his talents should have allowed him to. Certainly, he should have won at least double the amount of time on the US tour than he has currently and it would not surprise me to see Kuchar aiming to build on his early season success at the Accenture Match Play and target several more win this year, as well as putting up a strong Fedex Cup fight too.
Additionally, the glaring omission of a Major from his record is also something Kuchar will want to rectify. His consistent game in a variety of conditions means he has the skills and temperament to do particularly well in certain majors and I’d expect him to be putting up a stern challenge in the likes of the US Open and Masters, where hitting the fairways and greens consistently, allied to good putting, should give him a chance of glory.