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Matt Kuchar

  • Birthplace: Winter Park, FL
  • Residence: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
  • Birth Date: June 21, 1978
  • height: 6-4
  • Turned Pro: 2000

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PGA TOUR Victories

(1) 2002,The Honda Classic.

2009 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$945,993 (72)

2009 PGA TOUR Best Finishes

T5-- the Memorial Tournament. T6-- FBR Open.

PGA TOUR Best Round

64 at Round 5, The 50th Bob Hope Classic hosted by Arnold Palmer.

PGA TOUR Highlights

Finished T6 at the FBR Open on the strength of 5-under 67s in the first two rounds...T5 at the Memorial Tournament, finishing at 6-under for the tournament.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- The Honda Classic.

2008 Season Highlights

Had a career-best five top-10 finishes on the way to a career best in earnings ($1,447,638). In his sixth start of the season, finished T3 at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, posting four rounds in the 60s. Finished four behind champion Brian Gay...The following month at the Verizon Heritage, played his weekend 36 holes 7-under-par to finish T7 with Michael Letzig, Camilo Villegas, Stewart Cink and Lucas Glover...Work with swing coach, Chris O'Connell, out of Dallas paid off in Ft. Worth. A second-round, 6-under-par 64 earned ninth place...Posted back-to-back top-10s with his T10 finish at the Memorial Tournament. First time he posted consecutive top-10s since joining the TOUR in 2001...Second-place finish at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open was his best on TOUR since he won the 2002 Honda Classic. His only other second-place finish came in 2001.

Career Highlights

2007: In first season back on the PGA TOUR, had best performance since winning in 2002, with two top-10s...Recorded a final-round 6-under-par 66 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am to finish T6...Former Georgia Tech All-America posted T3 at the AT&T Classic in Duluth, GA, aided by a third-round 8-under-par 64...Had a hole-in-one during the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. 2006: Spent most of his season on the Nationwide Tour, where he earned his first career win at the Henrico County Open by beating Paul Claxton in a playoff. Finished No. 10 on the final money list to earn his 2007 PGA TOUR card...Missed the cut in six of his eight TOUR starts. 2005: Only top-10 finish came at the MCI Heritage...Had a hole-in-one during the final round of the John Deere Classic. 2004: A T10 at the HP Classic of New Orleans was his only top-10 finish in 28 starts. 2003: After winning for the first time, struggled through a difficult season which saw him fall out of the top 125 on the money list...Best result came at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, a 20th-place finish thanks to a pair of 67s on the weekend. 2002: Opened the season with a bang with a T4 at the Sony Open in Hawaii...Two months later earned his first victory at The Honda Classic. Closed with a pair of 66s to defeat Brad Faxon and Joey Sindelar by two strokes. Made four consecutive birdies on the back nine to help him rally from a four-shot deficit to Sindelar at the turn. Victory jumped him from No. 149 in Official World Golf Ranking to No. 50 and qualified him for the Masters on the last day to qualify...Finished T5 at the Fed Ex St. Jude Classic, worth $133,475 to push him over the $1-million mark for the first time in a single season...Finished T9 at Tampa Bay Classic presented by Buick, posting four sub-par rounds. 2001: Earned PGA TOUR card through sponsor exemptions...Ranked second behind Charles Howell III in PGA TOUR non-member earnings with $572,669 in only 11 starts. Earnings would have ranked him 91st on TOUR official money list...After missing the cut in his first three TOUR starts, playing on a sponsor exemption, secured his card for 2002 with two big finishes...Earned first top-10 in a TOUR event in sixth start as professional. Rounds of 68-66-72-67 at Air Canada Championship produced T3 worth $197,200. Season earnings total at that point of $269,253 earned him Special Temporary Membership...Best effort of season came in San Antonio, where he was two strokes behind Justin Leonard after 54 holes of Texas Open. Playing in the final group on Sunday, closed with 69, as did Leonard, for T2 with rookie J.J. Henry. The Texas Open paycheck of $264,000, clinched 2002 TOUR card in only eighth start of season...Made three starts in Nationwide Tour events, including a T2 at the Siouxland Open in July...Played from Australia to Mexico, played on the Nationwide Tour, Canadian Tour and the Golden Bear Tour. 2000: After finishing his collegiate career at Georgia Tech in May, decided to stay amateur and briefly took a job in finance...Played in the Westin Texas Open at LaCantera in October as an amateur and missed the cut. It was in Texas where he started to think about turning pro and giving the PGA TOUR a try...One month later, made his professional debut at the 2000 Australian Open (won by Aaron Baddeley). Amateur: 1997 U.S. Amateur champion following three consecutive wins by Tiger Woods...Lost in the quarterfinals in 1998 when defending the U.S. Amateur crown at Oak Hill...As a sophomore in 1998 at Georgia Tech, finished 21st at Masters and 14th at U.S. Open. Finish at Masters was best 72-hole finish by an amateur in 20 years. There was talk of his turning pro, but Kuchar instead finished out his collegiate career at Georgia Tech, where he was a two-time first-team All-America selection and the Yellow Jackets' second player to be a four-time All-ACC selection (along with David Duval). Awarded Fred Haskins Award in 1998 as the nation's top collegiate golfer...1998 ACC Player of the Year...Six career collegiate victories for Tech was bested only by Duval's eight.

Personal

Got started in golf when his mother, Meg, upgraded the country club membership to include golf when he was 12 years old. Matt and his dad tried golf and were hooked...Father, Peter Kuchar, is an excellent tennis player who was ranked No. 1 in doubles at one time in the state of Florida...Matt's wife, Sybi, was a standout tennis player at Georgia Tech, where they met.

Nationwide Tour Playoff Record

1-0

Other Information

Returns to the PGA TOUR after finishing 10th on the 2006 Nationwide Tour money list with five top-10 finishes. Beat Paul Claxton on the third playoff hole to win the Henrico County Open, his first Nationwide Tour victory. Second top-10 of the season was a runner-up finish by a stroke to Kevin Johnson at the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open. Had a hole-in-one on No. 11 during the final round of the Chattanooga Classic. Entered the final round of the Nationwide Tour Championship with a three-shot lead, but a final-round 73 left him one shot behind winner Craig Kanada. Missed the cut in six of eight starts on the 2006 TOUR, with a T38 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic his best outing. Finished out of the top 150 (No. 159) on the TOUR for the third consecutive season in 2005. Only top-10, a T10, came at the MCI Heritage. Aced the seventh hole in the final round of the John Deere Classic with a 7-iron from 188 yards. T10 at 2004 HP Classic of New Orleans was lone top-10 of that season. Fell out of the top 125 (No. 183) on the money list in 2003. Recorded first victory at the 2002 Honda Classic. Victory jumped him from No. 149 in Official World Golf Ranking to No. 50 and qualified him for the 2002 Masters on the last day to qualify. Earned TOUR card through Sponsor Exemptions in 2001. Ranked second behind Charles Howell III in TOUR non-member earnings with $572,669 in 11 starts, including a T3 at Air Canada Championship and a T2 at the Texas Open. Earnings would have ranked him 91st on TOUR official money list. Made three starts in Nationwide Tour events in 2001, including a T2 at the Siouxland Open in July. Played from Australia to Mexico, on the Nationwide Tour, Canadian Tour and the Golden Bear Tour. After finishing his collegiate career at Georgia Tech in May 2000, decided to retain amateur status and briefly took a job in finance. Played in the 2000 Westin Texas Open at LaCantera in October as an amateur and missed the cut. One month later, made his professional debut at the 2000 Australian Open (won by Aaron Baddeley). As an amateur, won the 1997 U.S. Amateur. As a sophomore in 1998 at Georgia Tech, finished 21st at Masters and 14th at U.S. Open. Finish at Masters was best 72-hole finish by an amateur in 20 years. At Georgia Tech, was a two-time first-team All-America and the Yellow Jackets' second player to be a four-time All-ACC selection (along with David Duval). Awarded Fred Haskins Award in 1998 as the nation's top collegiate golfer. 1998 ACC Player of the Year. Matt's wife, Sybi, was a standout tennis player at Georgia Tech, where they met.

National Teams

World Amateur Team Championship (1), 1998; Walker Cup (1), 1999.

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