Who's who: Matt Kuchar

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  • Photo of Matt Kuchar
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Who's who: Matt Kuchar

  • Name:

    Matthew Gregory Kuchar
  • Country:

    USA
  • Born:

    June 21, 1978 in Winter Park, Orange County, Florida.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Seminole H.S., Sanford, FL.
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    2000

Roll of Honour

US Amateur champion (1997). Walker Cup player (1999). Ryder Cup player (2010, '12, '14, '16). Presidents Cup player (2011, '13, '15, '17, '19). Olympic Bronze Medal (2016, Rio). Multiple wins on the PGA Tour. PGA Tour leading money winner (2010).

Did you know?

Kuchar attended Georgia Tech (Georgia Institute of Technology), where he was a two-time first-team All-American golfer on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets team. After turning professional in 2000, "Kooch" won his first PGA Tour event in 2002, but then had to wait until 2009 for the next victory.

In between his first two PGA Tour wins Kuchar experienced a slump in form in 2005 and 2006, which saw him lose his PGA Tour card. With his card regained for 2007, Kuchar has become one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour and regular member of the USA Ryder Cup team.

Top tournaments won by Matt Kuchar

2020
Asia
266 (-18)
US$180,000
SMBC

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Kuchar, Matt

Score

266 (-18)

Prize money

US$180,000

Title sponsor

SMBC

Played as the SMBC Singapore Open (Jan 16-19; Asian/Jpn Trs event; Japan Tr season-opener). Second-placed Justin Rose (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Kuchar (USA), who simultaneously recorded his first wins on the Asian and Japan Tours. [Serapong course, Sentosa GC, Singapore].

2019
America
258 (-22)
$1,152,000
Sony

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Kuchar, Matt

Score

258 (-22)

Prize money

$1,152,000

Title sponsor

Sony

Played as the Sony Open in Hawaii (Jan 10-13). Second-placed Andrew Putnam (USA) finished 4 shots behind Kuchar who recorded his second win of the 2018/19 PGA Tour season. [Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii].

2018
America
262 (-22)
$1,296,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Kuchar, Matt

Score

262 (-22)

Prize money

$1,296,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Mayakoba Golf Classic (Nov 8-11; PGA Tr 2018/19 season). Second-placed Danny Lee (NZ) finished 1 shot behind Kuchar (USA), who recorded his first PGA Tour win for four and a half years. [El Camaleón course, Mayakoba Resort, Riviera Maya, Mexico].

2016
America
188 (-28)
$385,000
Franklin Templeton

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Kuchar, Matt

Score

188 (-28)

Prize money

$385,000

Title sponsor

Franklin Templeton

Played as the Franklin Templeton Shootout (Dec 8-10; by two-man teams over three rounds: 1-scramble; 2-alternate shot; 3-better ball). Second-placed Jerry Kelly (USA) & Steve Stricker (USA) finished 1 shot behind Harris English (USA) & Matt Kuchar (USA), who each won $385,000. [Gold course, Tiburon GC, Naples, FL].

2015
Aus/NZ
284 (-4)
US$147,186
x

Category

Aus/NZ

Winner (holder)

Kuchar, Matt

Score

284 (-4)

Prize money

US$147,186

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Fiji International (Oct 15-18; Aus/OneAsia Trs event). Second-placed Aron Price (Aus) finished 4 shots behind Kuchar (USA), who was making his debut in this event. [Natadola Bay GC, Viti Levu, Fiji].

2014
America
273 (-11)
$1,044,000
RBC

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Kuchar, Matt

Score

273 (-11)

Prize money

$1,044,000

Title sponsor

RBC

Played as the RBC Heritage (April 17-20). Second-placed Luke Donald (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Kuchar (USA). [Harbour Town Links, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, SC].

2013
America
276 (-12)
$1,116,000
Nationwide

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Kuchar, Matt

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

$1,116,000

Title sponsor

Nationwide

Played as The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance (May 30-Jun 2). Second-placed Kevin Chappell (USA) finished 2 shots behind Kuchar (USA). [Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, nr Columbus, OH].

2013
WGC
2 & 1
$1,500,000
Accenture

Category

WGC

Winner (holder)

Kuchar, Matt

Score

2 & 1

Prize money

$1,500,000

Title sponsor

Accenture

Played as the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship (Feb 20-24). Kuchar (USA) beat defending champion Hunter Mahan (USA) 2 and 1 in the 18-hole final to win the Walter Hagen Cup. [GC at Dove Mtn, Marana, AZ].

2013
America
182 (-34)
$385,000
Franklin Templeton

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Kuchar, Matt

Score

182 (-34)

Prize money

$385,000

Title sponsor

Franklin Templeton

Played as the Franklin Templeton Shootout (Dec 13-15; played over three rounds : 1-alternate shot; 2-better ball; 3-scramble). Second-placed team of Retief Goosen (RSA) & Freddie Jacobson (Swe) finished 7 shots behind Harris English (USA) & Matt Kuchar (USA). [Gold course, Tiburon GC, Naples, FL].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Kuchar, Matt

Score

275 (-13)

Prize money

$1,710,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as The Players Championship (May 10-13). Second-placed Martin Laird (Scot), Zach Johnson (USA), Rickie Fowler (USA) and Ben Curtis (USA) finished 2 shots behind Kuchar (USA). [Stadium Course, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL].

2010
Awards
69.61
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Kuchar, Matt

Venue

Score

69.61

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Kuchar (USA) won the PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest adjusted scoring average on the PGA Tour (over a minimum of 60 rounds). Steve Stricker (USA) was second with 69.66; Paul Casey (Eng) and Retief Goosen (RSA) were joint third with 69.72.

2010
America
272 (-12)
$1,350,000
Barclays

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Kuchar, Matt

Score

272 (-12)

Prize money

$1,350,000

Title sponsor

Barclays

Played as The Barclays (Aug 26-29; first of four FedExCup playoff events). Kuchar (USA) beat Martin Laird (Scot) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Ridgewood CC, Paramus, NJ].

2010
Awards
69.61
n/a
PGA Tour

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Kuchar, Matt

Venue

Score

69.61

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA Tour

Kuchar (USA) won the PGA Tour Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average (over a minimum of 50 rounds). Steve Stricker (USA) was second with 69.66; Paul Casey (Eng) and Retief Goosen (RSA) were joint third with 69.72.

2010
Awards
$4,910,477
see Score
PGA Tour

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Kuchar, Matt

Venue

Score

$4,910,477

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

PGA Tour

Kuchar (USA) won the Arnold Palmer Award as the PGA Tour 2010 leading money winner, with earnings of $4,910,477. Jim Furyk (USA) was second with $4,809,622; Ernie Els (RSA) was third with $4,558,861.

2009
America
271 (-17)
$1,080,000
Turning Stone

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Kuchar, Matt

Score

271 (-17)

Prize money

$1,080,000

Title sponsor

Turning Stone

Played as the Turning Stone Resort Championship (Oct 1-4). Kuchar (USA) beat Vaughn Taylor (USA) with a par at the sixth playoff hole. This was Kuchar's second PGA Tour win, coming seven years after his first. [Atunyote GC, Turning Stone Resort, Vernon, NY].

2002
America
269 (-19)
$630,000
Honda

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Kuchar, Matt

Score

269 (-19)

Prize money

$630,000

Title sponsor

Honda

Played as the Honda Classic (March 7-10). Second-placed Brad Faxon (USA) and Joey Sindelar (USA) finished 2 shots behind first-time PGA Tour winner Kuchar (USA). [Heron Bay GC, Coral Springs, FL; at the time known as TPC at Heron Bay].

Category

Amateur

Winner (holder)

Kuchar, Matt

Score

2 & 1

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

x

The US Amateur Championship (97th). Kuchar (USA) beat Joel Kribel (USA) 2 and 1 in the final. [Cog Hill G&CC, Lemont, nr Chicago, IL].

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