Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar
Matt Kuchar
Personal information
Full name Matthew Gregory Kuchar
Nickname Kuch
Born June 21, 1978 (1978-06-21) (age 33)
Winter Park, Florida
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)
Nationality  United States
College Georgia Tech
Turned professional 2000
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 5
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 3
Nationwide Tour 1
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament T21: 1998
U.S. Open T6: 2010
The Open Championship T27: 2010
PGA Championship T10: 2010
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour
leading money winner
Vardon Trophy 2010
Byron Nelson Award 2010

Matthew Gregory Kuchar (born June 21, 1978) is an American professional golfer who has played on both the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour. He has ranked as high as number six in the Official World Golf Rankings.


Early career

Kuchar was born in Winter Park, Florida. He graduated from Georgia Tech, 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. He was the low amateur at both The Masters and U.S. Open in 1998. He turned pro in 2000. 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; however, by 2006 he was on the Nationwide Tour after failing to earn enough money to qualify for the PGA Tour. He won the Nationwide Tour's 2006 Henrico County Open and finished 10th on the money list to earn his 2007 PGA Tour card. He retained his card in 2007 by finishing 115th on the money list and again in 2008 by finishing 70th.

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. 2010 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 shortended to 54 holes due to Hurricane Irene. This finish moved Kuchar to second in the FedEx Cup standings.

Amateur wins (2)

  • 1997 Terra Cotta Invitational, U.S. Amateur

Professional wins (5)

PGA Tour wins (3)

FedEx Cup playoff event (1)
Other PGA Tour (2)
No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of Victory Runner(s)-up
1 Mar 10, 2002 Honda Classic -19 (68-69-66-66=269) 2 strokes United States Brad Faxon, United States Joey Sindelar
2 Oct 5, 2009 Turning Stone Resort Championship -17 (67-68-67-69=271) Playoff United States Vaughn Taylor
3 Aug 29, 2010 The Barclays -12 (68-69-69-66=272) Playoff Scotland Martin Laird

PGA Tour playoff record (2–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2009 Turning Stone Resort Championship United States Vaughn Taylor Won with par on sixth extra hole
2 2010 The Barclays Scotland Martin Laird Won with birdie on first extra hole

Nationwide Tour wins (1)

Other wins (1)

Results in major championships

Tournament 1998 1999
The Masters T21 LA T50
U.S. Open T14 LA CUT
The Open Championship CUT DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Tournament 2010 2011
The Masters T25 T27
U.S. Open T6 T14
The Open Championship T27 CUT
PGA Championship T10 T19

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


  • Tournaments played: 25
  • Wins: 0
  • Top 10s: 2
  • Top 25s: 7
  • Missed cuts: 14
  • Most consecutive cuts made: 6

Results in World Golf Championships

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Accenture Match Play Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Cadillac Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Bridgestone Invitational T38 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 2009 2010 2011
Accenture Match Play Championship DNP R32 3
Cadillac Championship DNP T3 5
Bridgestone Invitational DNP T9 T19
HSBC Champions T19 DNP DNP
  • DNP = Did not play
  • QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
  • "T" = tied
  • Yellow background for top-10.
  • Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

U.S. national team appearances



See also


External links

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