Matt Kuchar withdrew from the PGA Championship Thursday morning due to a sore back. Kuchar’s decision came before he teed off, and John Huh took his place.
Kuchar has ten top-10s on the PGA TOUR this season, and is currently fifth in the Ryder Cup point standings. He is a lock for the team, but he joins a growing contingent of injured players.
Jason Dufner, who is 8th in the standings, is having neck issues, and is considering sitting out of the Playoffs to rest up for the Cup. Tiger Woods appears to be feeling much better as he plays his first round at the PGA Championship, but lingering back issues are a major concern.
When you add Dustin Johnson’s leave of absence to the mix, the U.S. Ryder Cup team is potentially losing four of its best players in a year when the Europeans are considered the heavy favorites.
There’s nothing like a good underdog story, and maybe the U.S. newcomers (Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, and Jimmy Walker) will step up to the challenge at Gleneagles.
–Bernie D’Amato (@bdamato711)