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Name: - Matthew Gregory Kuchar
Country: - USA
Born : - June 21, 1978 in Winter Park, Orange County, Florida.
Original Home/Club: - Seminole High School, 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). Olympic Bronze Medal (2016, Rio). Multiple wins on the US PGA Tour. US PGA Tr leading money winner (2010).

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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 US PGA Tour and regular member of the USA Ryder Cup team.

Top tournaments won by Matt Kuchar

2018Men AmericaMayakoba ClassicMayakoba Resort262 (-22)$1,296,000
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].
2016Men AmericaShootout, TheTiburon GC188 (-28)$385,000
Played as the Franklin Templeton Shootout (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].
2015Men Aus/NZFiji InternationalNatadola Bay284 (-4)US$147,186
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].
2014Men AmericaHeritage ClassicHarbour Town273 (-11)$1,044,000
Played as the RBC Heritage. Second-placed Luke Donald (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Kuchar (USA). [Harbour Town Links, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, SC].
2013Men AmericaMemorial TournamentMuirfield Village276 (-12)$1,116,000
Played as The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance. Second-placed Kevin Chappell (USA) finished 2 shots behind Kuchar (USA). [Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, nr Columbus, OH].
2013Men AmericaShootout, TheTiburon GC182 (-34)$385,000
Played as the Franklin Templeton Shootout. 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].
2013Men WGCWGC - Match PlayDove Mountain2 & 1$1,500,000
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].
2012Men AmericaPlayers Ch'ship (PGA Tr)TPC Sawgrass275 (-13)$1,710,000
Played as The Players Championship. 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].
2010Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - PGA of Am69.61n/a
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.
2010Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - PGA Tr69.61n/a
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.
2010Men AwardsMoney Winner - PGA Tr$4,910,477see Score
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.
2010Men AmericaNorthern Trust, TheRidgewood CC, NJ272 (-12)$1,350,000
Played as The Barclays (the first of four FedExCup playoff events). Kuchar (USA) beat Martin Laird (Scot) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Ridgewood CC, Paramus, NJ].
2009Men AmericaTurning Stone Ch'shipTurning Stone271 (-17)$1,080,000
Played as the Turning Stone Resort Championship (Oct 1-4). Kuchar (USA) beat Vaughn Taylor (USA) with a par at the sixth playoff hole, to win his second PGA Tour event, which came seven years after his first win. [Atunyote GC, Turning Stone Resort, Vernon, NY].
2002Men AmericaHonda ClassicHeron Bay269 (-19)$630,000
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].
1997Men AmateurUS AmateurCog Hill2 & 1n/a
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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