Matt Kuchar, an American professional golfer, currently plays in the PGA Tour and formerly played for the Nationwide Tour. He has seven PGA Tour wins to his name including the most prestigious The Players Championship in 2012 and The WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in 2013.
Kuchar graduated from the Seminole High School in Sanford and later attended Georgia Tech in Atlanta where he was the two time first-team All American for the Yellow Jackets golf team. He became a professional in 2000 and got his first success on the PGA Tour at Honda Classic in 2002.
Kuchar lost his tour card in 2005 after briefly enjoying a slump period and going down 159th position on the money list. He played on The Nationwide Tour in 2006 and won the Henrico County Open. He later regained his tour card for two seasons in 2008 and 2009 by finishing 115th and 70th on the money list respectively.
Matt Kuchar won his 2nd PGA Tour tournament seven years after his first win at the Turning Stone Resort Championship. He made a cut into the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 2010 and took the eighth and last merit position.
Kuchar won the Vardon Trophy and was awarded the Byron Nelson Award in 2010 for lowest scoring average and the PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer Award for leading the money list. His best performance in a major championship was at the Masters Tournament in 2012 where he finished tied third. His biggest tournament win was at The Players Championship in 2012 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Next year he won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in February.
Matt Kuchar won his 7th tournament on the PGA Tour at the RBC Heritage in 2014. He has career high 5th rank in the World Rankings and has stayed inside the top 10 for more than 40weeks.
The US captain Tom Watson this week named a six member squad for the Ryder cup this year. The Ryder cup is all set to begin from September this month and will see the US and the European team fight for the ultimate glory. The current six member squad of US has some injury concerns and that is one of the biggest concerns for Watson. There are speculations on many players in the top 6 suffering from injury. Despite of the injuries the players have been selected for the championship. A team must have in total top 9 players in the squad and currently only 6 have been selected keeping a place for more 3. Watson holds the right of choosing the remaining 3 members for the squad as the wild cards. Steve Stricker was named as the third assistant captain of the team along with Watson this week.
Stricker was made the third deputy captain a week ago and it has all the chances of been selected as the wild card entry to the US team for Ryder cup. Steve deserves to be selected for the team as his current performance in the PGA championship is remarkable. He currently is 5 points beyond the leader Rory Mcllroy. The 47 year old Stricker has made all the progress in the three rounds and beaten almost all his rivals in the championship. His performance has been a noticeable one and if now his captain avoids him in selection as a wild card then for sure Steve may never get a call for the Ryder’s cup. The positive point that will work for Stricker is that the Ryder’s Points gets doubled in the PGA week and this can easily help him qualify for the Ryder’s team because of his great form.
Tom Watson was named as the captain to lead the US squad in this year’s Ryder’s cup in Scotland starting in this month of September. The moment he was selected as the captain of the squad a series of problems came down on him. The list of problems is increasing everyday as by every passing moment a new player is reported injured. The current squad announced in the previous week had only 6 players in the team and the last 3 were to be announced on 2nd September. These 3 players that will be selected will be selected by the captain using his rights. With all the speculations the final decision will be taken after the PGA championship tour.
The biggest disappointment came at the start of the PGA at Valhalla, when Matt Kuchar pulled out of the championship. His decision of pulling out from the championship came in the last moment and it was surprise for many. Apart from a surprise it was a shock for the US team captain as it raised more problems for him. Previously Kuchar withdrew from the last stage of the WGC- Bridgestone. After his withdrawal he practised and seemed to be fit from the back injury but his sudden withdrawal took Watson with a surprise and it raised an alarm in the US camp. Though there was good news as Tiger Woods reportedly was fit and was playing in the PGA tour. This was a great sigh of relief for team US but again Woods is out of practise and it will be a tough task for the team if Kuchar stays unfit for the Ryders cup and withdraws from it even. This will surely be the last thing that the US captain will be hoping to face before the Ryder cup.