2013 Alstom Open de France: Matt Kuchar Struggles on Day 1

Jun 13, 2013; Ardmore, PA, USA; Matt Kuchar walks down the 11th fairway during the first round of the 113th U.S. Open golf tournament at Merion Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: JD Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Kuchar is the only player on the PGA Tour with multiple wins in the 2013 season whose name isn’t Tiger Woods, but the 35 year-old Georgia Tech grad is struggling this week at the Alstom Open de France. The Kuch opened with a one under par 70 on the par 71 Le Golf National Thursday, and after two rounds, is in danger of missing the 36 hole cut.

Matt Kuchar has played well in the World Golf Championship events this year, winning his first Match Play event at Dove Mountain back in February. He is ranked number 5 in Official World Golf Rankings, and finished T 8 at the Masters. He is currently ranked second in FedEx Cup points behind only Tiger Woods.

Kuchar followed his first round 70 with a birdie-free second round 75 on Friday to give him a two-day total at three over par with the cut projected to be two over par. At this writing, with the second round not completed by everyone, he is eight strokes off of the pace set by Thomas Bjorn from Denmark, and Richard Sterne from South Africa who are at five under par.

Bjorn, Sterne, and Graeme McDowell all shot two under par 69′s in the second round, and are in the clubhouse. McDowell is at four under par, one stroke off the lead.

Matt Kuchar, is already in Europe in preparation for the Open Championship that is coming up later in the month. Some players like to get over to Europe so they can be acclimated by the time the Open tees off at Muirfield. If he misses the cut as, projected, he will have some time this weekend to get in some sight-seeing around Paris. That sounds like more fun than working anyway.

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Topics: European Tour, Golf, Graeme Mcdowell, Matt Kuchar

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