Tag Archives: Matt Kuchar

Oct
2
2017

The 2017 U.S. Presidents Cup team has been hailed as perhaps the strongest and most perfect squad of players. Led by Captain Steve Stricker, the Americans dominated from the start to finish — which wasn’t exactly a huge surprise given the lopsided (and relatively short) history of these biennial matches, with the U.S. winning 10 of the 12 times its been staged.

There were fleeting moments that were thrilling because, well, two words: Match play. But it was pretty much over after Friday with the Americans . In fact, the Americans nearly clinched the Cup on Saturday, but Anirban Lahiri and Si Woo Kim managed to fend off Charley Hoffmann and Kevin Chappell to win 1-up — it was the only full point clinched by the International Team during both sessions on Saturday.

Still. Sunday didn’t matter. Don’t take it from me — several American players voiced that in the boozy, extremely entertaining winning presser.

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Jul
24
2017

I’m joined by friend of the pod Craig Connelly, who loops for Martin Kaymer, the morning after Jordan Spieth’s dramatic, incredible and mind-blowing victory at the Open at Royal Birkdale.

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Jan
12
2016
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Welcome to the first full-field event of 2016 with the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club. This tournament used to mark the unofficial “first day of school” on the PGA Tour when it kicked off the new season, but with the advent of the wraparound schedule, it’s just a new year. However, it was a bit more exciting to meet the rookies after Q-school and the veterans who had to deal with the harrowing experience to get their cards back. (Weird to think that there have been two sort of major changes since I started covering the Tour regularly in 2011.)

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Nov
12
2015

Two of the most respected caddies in the business Jim “Bones” Mackay and John Wood will put aside their regular jobs for two days at Sea Island Golf Club. Mackay, who is the longtime caddie for Phil Mickelson, and Wood, who just switched bags to Matt Kuchar after looping for Hunter Mahan for nine years, will serve as on-course reporters during Golf Channel’s telecast of the second and third rounds of next week’s RSM Classic.

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Aug
11
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Championship

In case you can’t remember that the PGA Championship is a major, the PGA of America’s new slogan — as of last year — will remind you…constantly…with signage all around Whistling Straits.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since we were last here in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, for the 2010 PGA, which was perhaps the most compelling major of that season, with various names making moves on the back nine and then of course the heartbreaking finish and bunker-not-a-bunker fiasco that kept Dustin Johnson out of a playoff for the Wanamaker Trophy. (It’s even crazier when I realize that it was only the third major I’d ever covered.)

If we have anything close to as much drama as we did in 2010, we’re in for a treat this week. Let’s just hope we don’t have any major rules blunders on the 72nd hole of the tournament and we’ll be quite alright. 

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Jul
12
2015
By Stephanie Wei under European Tour

Rickie Fowler’s brilliant late-birdie surge landed him his second victory of the year, capturing the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open by a shot over fellow American Matt Kuchar and Frenchman Raphael Jaquelin. For most of the day, Fowler struggled to find any momentum in the tough scoring conditions with strong winds at Gullane Golf Club.

After making bogey on no. 14, Fowler was one-over for the day, but then he rose brilliantly to the occasion late on with three birdies in the last four, including one on the par-4 18th, where he knocked a sand wedge to less than two feet for birdie. Clutch. Turned out to be the difference between an outright win and a three-man playoff.

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Apr
29
2015

Well, round one of matches at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship is in the books, and boy, that was a lot of golf for a day! I’m still trying to wrap my head around everything that happened, but that’s nearly impossible (and I don’t want to spend all night writing up every single match), so let’s just take a look at the key match-ups and a few of the upsets.

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Jan
18
2015

Jimmy Walker wasn’t going to let a second tournament slip through his fingers in the same week. After losing in a playoff to Patrick Reed at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Monday, Walker got redemption on Sunday, firing an impressive bogey-free, seven-under 63.

Not only did he successfully defend his title at the Sony Open, he ran away from the field, posting a 23-under total at Waialae Country Club en route to a nine-shot victory over Scott Piercy. The record for the largest margin of victory at this event was previously seven strokes, which was held by Paul Azinger in 2000. 

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Jan
16
2015
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Belly putter, what? Who needs that crutch anymore (especially with the USGA ban on anchoring coming into effect in less than a year)? Not Webb Simpson! — the 2012 U.S. Open champion is using a conventional length putter for the first time on the PGA Tour at this week’s Sony Open and it’s working pretty well for him so far. At the halfway mark, Simpson is 12-under and tied for a three-way share of the lead with Matt Kuchar and rookie Justin Thomas.

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Sep
27
2014
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

When I looked up at the scoreboard sprawled across the front of the media center Saturday morning, I wasn’t immediately sure which group to follow. The fourball matches were all on the front nine still and my plan was to catch one as they made the turn.

About 15 minutes later, it became brilliantly obvious when I saw the flurry of red numbers posted in the opening match between Europe’s power duo, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, and America’s odd couple, Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar — they were all square as they headed to the back nine, not to mention they were obviously playing very well.

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