Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar
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Kuchar at the 2017 Valero Texas Open
Personal information
Full nameMatthew Gregory Kuchar
Born (1978-06-21) June 21, 1978 (age 41)
Winter Park, Florida
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceSt. Simons Island, Georgia
SpouseSybi (née Parker) (m. 2003)
ChildrenCameron, Carson
CollegeGeorgia Tech
Turned professional2000
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins16
Highest ranking4 (June 2, 2013)[1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour9
Japan Golf Tour1
Asian Tour1
PGA Tour of Australasia1
Korn Ferry Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT3: 2012
PGA ChampionshipT7: 2015
U.S. OpenT6: 2010
The Open Championship2nd: 2017
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour
leading money winner
Vardon Trophy2010
Byron Nelson Award2010
Medal record
Representing  United States
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place2016 Rio de JaneiroGolf

Matthew Gregory Kuchar (born June 21, 1978) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour and formerly the Nationwide Tour. He has won nine times on the PGA Tour.

Kuchar briefly enjoyed success in the early 2000s before suffering a slump where he struggled to maintain his playing status on the PGA Tour. He rejuvenated himself and built a new, one-plane swing from 2008 onward leading to improved results. Kuchar was the PGA Tour's leading money winner in 2010.

Kuchar won The Players Championship in 2012, the flagship event of the PGA Tour, his biggest tournament victory to date.[2] As a result, he moved to a career high number five in the world rankings and has spent over 40 weeks ranked inside its top-10. In February 2013, Kuchar won his first World Golf Championship event, defeating Hunter Mahan in the final of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.[3]

At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Kuchar won the first Olympic bronze medal awarded for golf since the 1904 Summer Olympics.

Kuchar ended the 2018–19 season as the highest-earning PGA Tour player without a major championship win, with career earnings of over $50 million. The closest he has come was his second place finish in the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale Golf Club.[4]

Early years

Kuchar was born in Winter Park, Florida, to Peter, a life insurance salesman and college tennis pro, and Meg Kuchar, with one sibling, Rebecca.[5][6][7]. He went on to graduate from Seminole High School in Sanford in 1996. Later he attended Georgia Tech in Atlanta, where he was a two-time first-team All-American on the Yellow Jackets' golf team. After narrowly losing in the semi-finals of the 1996 U.S. Amateur championship to Tiger Woods, Kuchar won the title in 1997. He received the Haskins Award in 1998 as the nation's top collegiate golfer, and was the low amateur at both The Masters and U.S. Open. He turned pro in 2000 after earning his bachelor's degree in management. One of Kuchar's teammates at Georgia Tech was future PGA Tour professional Bryce Molder.[8]

Professional career

Early career

Kuchar turned professional in November 2000, after working briefly for a financial services firm.[9] He missed the sign-up deadline for the 2000 qualifying school. In 2001 he was given sponsors' exemptions to some PGA Tour tournaments, and earned enough money to be fully exempt for the 2002 season.

Kuchar's first win on the PGA Tour came at the Honda Classic in 2002. A tough year in 2005 saw him win under $403,000, 159th on the money list, which caused a loss of his tour card. He failed to regain it at qualifying school and played on the Nationwide Tour in 2006. Kuchar won its Henrico County Open and finished tenth on the Nationwide Tour money list to earn back his PGA Tour card for 2007. He retained his card for the next two seasons by finishing 115th on the money list in 2007 and 70th in 2008.


Seven years after his first PGA Tour win, Kuchar won for a second time during the Fall Series in 2009 at the Turning Stone Resort Championship. He prevailed in a playoff over Vaughn Taylor that concluded on Monday due to darkness on Sunday evening.[10]


Kuchar made the Ryder Cup team in 2010, taking the eighth and last merit position on the 12-man U.S. squad on August 15. 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 two weeks later at The Barclays on August 29, 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.[11]

Kuchar won the Vardon Trophy[12] and Byron Nelson Award in 2010 for lowest scoring average and the PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Award for leading the money list.[13]


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 on Maui. 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, 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, he 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.[14] 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 shortened to 54 holes due to Hurricane Irene. This finish moved him to second in the FedEx Cup standings. Kuchar and Gary Woodland combined to win the Omega Mission Hills World Cup in November.[15]


Kuchar had his best performance in a major championship at The Masters when he finished in a tie for third. Kuchar was tied for the lead on the back nine on Sunday, but bogeyed the par three 16th and finished two strokes out of the playoff between Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen.

Kuchar won the biggest tournament of his career in May when he won The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. He shot a final round of 70 (−2) to win by two strokes over runners-up Rickie Fowler, Martin Laird, Ben Curtis, and Zach Johnson. He entered the final round in the last group, one stroke behind Kevin Na. After bogeying the first hole, he played a near-perfect round, except for a three-putt bogey on the 17th, to hold off the challengers. The win elevated Kuchar to a career high of number five in the world rankings.


He won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in February, defeating Hunter Mahan 2&1 in the final. During the final, Kuchar built up an early lead and was 4 up at the turn. Mahan mounted a comeback on the back nine, winning four of the next seven holes to trail by just one with two to play. Mahan's wild drive on the par-4 17th put him in trouble, and after Kuchar knocked his approach close, Mahan failed to chip in for par and conceded the hole, which ended the match and gave Kuchar his first World Golf Championship title.[16] Throughout the week, Kuchar was never more than one down in any of his matches and only trailed three times on his way to the win. He defeated Hiroyuki Fujita, Sergio García, Nicolas Colsaerts, Robert Garrigus and Jason Day en route to the final. Kuchar moved back into the world's top 10 after this victory. His second win in 2013 came at the Memorial Tournament in early June.

Late in the year Kuchar played in two events in Australia. He finished runner-up to Adam Scott at the Australian Masters and finished fourth in the 2013 World Cup of Golf.


In the final round of the Valero Texas Open in March, Kuchar held a share of the lead with nine holes to play but bogeyed the 10th and 11th holes and finished T-4.[17] The next week, he had a four-stroke lead going into the final round at the Shell Houston Open but lost a playoff to Matt Jones' 42-yard chip-in on the first extra hole.[18] Kuchar was again in contention the following week at the Masters Tournament, where he was tied for the lead on Sunday before four-putting the fourth hole and finishing T-5.

A week later, Kuchar won for the seventh time on the PGA Tour with a one stroke victory at the RBC Heritage. He shot a final-round 64, which included a chip-in birdie from a greenside bunker on the 18th hole to come from four shots behind and claim victory.[19] Kuchar held the lead after the opening round, but followed this with 73-70 over rounds two and three to fall four shots back going into the final round. He birdied seven of his opening eleven holes in the final round, to move clear of the field. However he three-putted from within four feet on the 17th hole to make bogey and fall back into a tie with Luke Donald. After hitting his approach to the 18th hole into a greenside bunker, Kuchar holed out for birdie and moved one shot ahead of Donald once again. Donald was unable to birdie any of the last three holes and Kuchar claimed the victory.[20]


At the Sony Open in Hawaii in January, Kuchar opened with 65-63 to lead after two rounds. He stalled on the weekend, however, to finish tied for third. In the final round Kuchar failed to make a birdie, snapping his streak of 255 rounds on the PGA Tour with at least one birdie.[21] The following week Kuchar tied for second, one stroke behind the winner, at the Humana Challenge.

In April, Kuchar contended at the RBC Heritage and finished in fifth place. His best performance in the season's majors came in August at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin where he finished tied for seventh.

Kuchar played in only two official events outside of the PGA Tour in 2015 but did very well in both. He finished one stroke back to fellow American Rickie Fowler at the Scottish Open and won the Fiji International, an official event on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

Kuchar had seven top-tens for the season but did not win a PGA Tour tournament for the first time in four years. He finished well down the money list after finishing in the top 10 in earnings in four of the preceding five seasons.


Kuchar had 9 top-10s heading into the 2016 Summer Olympics, and continued his good run with a bronze medal after a final round 63.


In the 2017 season, Kuchar competed in 26 events on the PGA Tour, making the cut in 22, including nine top-10 finishes. He finished tied for fourth at the Masters, his fourth top-10 finish in that event. At the Open Championship, Kuchar shared the first-round lead with Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth and finished rounds two and three in solo second behind Spieth. After Spieth's near meltdown on the 13th hole of the final round, Kuchar held a one-stroke lead with five holes to play. However, Spieth played the last five holes in five-under-par to claim the championship by three strokes over Kuchar, who finished three strokes ahead of third-place finisher Li Haotong. Kuchar finished the year 14th in the FedEx Cup standings and represented the United States in the President's Cup, posting a 2–1 record in the United States' win.


In the 2017–18 PGA Tour season, Kuchar had another winless campaign. He played in 24 events. He had four top-10 finishes and made 20 cuts. He won $1,720,097 for the year and finished 76th in the season long FedEx Cup.

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk named Kuchar as a non-playing vice-captain for the U.S. team in the 2018 Ryder Cup. The U.S. team lost to the European team 17 1/2 to 10 1/2 at Le Golf National outside of Paris, France.

On November 11, 2018, Kuchar won the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Cancun, Mexico. This event was part of the 2018–19 PGA Tour season.[22] Kuchar took home a winner's check of $1.296 million dollars and paid his caddie, David Giral Ortiz, the amount they agreed to for a top ten finish ($4,000) and an additional $1,000 on top of that to equal $5,000, which is a 0.38 percent tip of the $1.296 million, causing a social media controversy. This amount is below the average payout (10 percent) for a full-time caddie whose player wins. Because Kuchar's regular caddie was not available, Ortiz was hired and agreed to the terms presented. Ortiz has stated to that he never expected the full 10 percent payout and that "Matt is a good person and a great player. He treated me very well. I am only disappointed by how it all finished." When asked about giving his caddie such a low tip, Kuchar defended his decision by stating, "For a guy who makes 200 a day, a 5000 dollar week is a really big week".[23] On February 15, 2019, Kuchar apologized and agreed to pay Ortiz the requested $50,000 and also donate an unspecified amount to local Cancun charities.[24]


On January 13, 2019, Kuchar won the Sony Open in Hawaii, his second win in three starts.[25]

On March 31, 2019, Kuchar reached the championship round of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play for the second time in his career, having previously done so in 2013 when he went on to win the title. He lost to Kevin Kisner, 3 & 2, in the final.[26]

In December 2019, Kuchar played on the U.S. team at the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia. The U.S. team won 16–14. Kuchar went 0–1–3, but battled back from 3 down against Louis Oosthuizen to halve the match in Sunday singles. Kuchar made the Cup-clinching putt on 17.[27]


On January 19, 2020, Kuchar won the Singapore Open on the Asian Tour. The tournament was co-sanctioned by the Japan Tour.[28]

Personal life

Kuchar is married to Sybi Parker, who was a tennis player at Georgia Tech, and they live on St. Simons Island in Georgia. Their two sons are Cameron Cole and Carson Wright. Kuchar is a Christian.[29]

Amateur wins (2)

Professional wins (16)

PGA Tour wins (9)

Players Championships (1)
World Golf Championships (1)
FedEx Cup playoff events (1)
Other PGA Tour (6)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
1Mar 10, 2002Honda Classic68-69-66-66=269−192 strokesUnited States Brad Faxon, United States Joey Sindelar
2Oct 5, 2009Turning Stone Resort Championship67-68-67-69=271−17PlayoffUnited States Vaughn Taylor
3Aug 29, 2010The Barclays68-69-69-66=272−12PlayoffScotland Martin Laird
4May 13, 2012The Players Championship68-68-69-70=275−132 strokesUnited States Ben Curtis, United States Rickie Fowler,
United States Zach Johnson, Scotland Martin Laird
5Feb 24, 2013WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship2 and 1United States Hunter Mahan
6Jun 2, 2013The Memorial Tournament68-70-70-68=276−122 strokesUnited States Kevin Chappell
7Apr 20, 2014RBC Heritage66-73-70-64=273−111 strokeEngland Luke Donald
8Nov 11, 2018Mayakoba Golf Classic64-64-65-69=262−221 strokeNew Zealand Danny Lee
9Jan 13, 2019Sony Open in Hawaii63-63-66-66=258−224 strokesUnited States Andrew Putnam

PGA Tour playoff record (2–1)

12009Turning Stone Resort ChampionshipUnited States Vaughn TaylorWon with par on sixth extra hole
22010The BarclaysScotland Martin LairdWon with birdie on first extra hole
32014Shell Houston OpenAustralia Matt JonesLost to birdie on first extra hole

Asian Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
1Jan 19, 2020SMBC Singapore Open1−18 (66-68-62-70=266)3 strokesEngland Justin Rose

1Co-sanctioned by the Japan Golf Tour

Nationwide Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
1May 21, 2006Henrico County Open71-67-69-72=279−9PlayoffUnited States Paul Claxton

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
1Oct 18, 2015Fiji International174-72-69-69=284−44 strokesAustralia Aron Price

1Co-sanctioned by the OneAsia Tour

Other wins (4)

Results in major championships

Masters TournamentT21LAT50
The Open ChampionshipCUT
PGA Championship
Masters TournamentCUT
The Open ChampionshipCUTCUTCUTCUT
PGA ChampionshipCUTCUT
Masters TournamentT24T27T3T8T5T46T24T4T28
U.S. OpenT6T14T27T28T12T12T46T16CUT
The Open ChampionshipT27CUTT9T15T54T58T462T9
PGA ChampionshipT10T19CUTT22T7CUTT9CUT
Masters TournamentT12
PGA ChampionshipT8
U.S. OpenT16
The Open ChampionshipT41
  Top 10
  Did not play

LA = Low amateur
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied


TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament0013481312
PGA Championship000046116
U.S. Open0000171711
The Open Championship010134159
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 14 (2013 Masters – 2016 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (2017 Open Championship – 2017 PGA)

The Players Championship

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunners-up
2012The Players Championship1 shot deficit−13 (68-68-69-70=275)2 strokesUnited States Ben Curtis, United States Rickie Fowler,
United States Zach Johnson, Scotland Martin Laird

Results timeline

The Players ChampionshipWDCUTT16CUTT14T13T541T48T17CUTT382T17T26
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place.

World Golf Championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMargin
of victory
2013WGC-Accenture Match Play Championshipn/a2 and 1United States Hunter Mahan

Results timeline

Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

Mexico Championship
Match Play
FedEx St. Jude InvitationalT38
Mexico ChampionshipT35T8T35T13T23T28T20T5850
Match PlayR323QF1R16T34R16T30R162
FedEx St. Jude InvitationalT9T19T8T27T12T25T3T17T14T43
HSBC ChampionsT19T21T31
  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

PGA Tour career summary

SeasonWinsEarnings (US$)Rank

* As of the 2019 season.

U.S. national team appearances



See also


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  20. ^ Dawes, Mike (April 20, 2014). "Matt Kuchar masterstroke wins him the RBC Heritage ahead of England's Luke Donald". Daily Mail. Retrieved May 21, 2014.
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  29. ^ Brown, Oliver (September 27, 2012). "Ryder Cup 2012: Webb Simpson and his born-again brotherhood come with a swing and a prayer". The Telegraph.

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