Matt Kuchar’s Keys to Success
It’s great to be Matt Kuchar. Over a 4-week stretch of March and April, he earned north of $2.3 million and finished in the top-5 each week, and added an exclamation point with a hole-out on from the bunker 18 to win the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
Kuchar’s resume has become stronger each year, with a Players Championship, a World Golf Championship, and Ryder Cup and President’s Cup appearances. At 35, he’s in the prime of his career, and the only thing missing is a major championship. After a top-5 finish at the Masters, the recently revised Pinehurst No. 2 awaits him next in June, and one would think his game is very well suited for this course. The USGA, as usual, will set it up to challenge players in all aspects, and currently Kuchar has no weak areas in his game.
Here are a few keys to Kuchar’s success:
– Kuch has been nicknamed the “smiling assassin” because of his laid back approach to the game and his playful and sarcastic interaction with other tour players. A great example of this was at the President’s Cup last October, when in a winning effort, Kuchar got his partner Tiger Woods--the most stoic, serious, intimidating player in the game to be goofy and enjoy himself.
– Kuchar is vocal about his family life, and the support of his wife Sybi and sons Cameron and Carson is evident, as they travel with him many weeks of the year on tour. His relationship with his caddie, Lance Bennett is also rock solid, as Bennett has donned the bag for the last 8 years, including 5 wins. Kuchar has also become a fan favorite, many chanting “Kuuuuuuuch” at tournaments.
– Kuchar uses Bridgestone balls, wedges, irons and driver, all known for superior distance and control. He has been affiliated with the company since 2000, which is based in Covington, Georgia, not too far from where Kuchar and his family reside in St. Simon’s Island.
– Some stats that speak for themselves: Over his last 34 starts he’s finished in the top-10 16 times and has 3 wins. No matter what the course is or the conditions, he’s shown such versatility, mental fortitude, and consistent excellent play, which will add to continued success in the weeks and years to come.