Matt Kuchar has been a special player on the PGA TOUR for some time now, but watching him this season has been entirely different. Not from a made-cut perspective (18 of 22, with 14 top-25 finishes), but from a resiliency standpoint.
We’ve touched on this before, but the way he handled his end of the Open was incredible. It would have been easy for most players to fold up after losing a major in such spectacular fashion, and through no fault of their own. What did Kuchar do instead? Bounce back with a T-17 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, and a quiet but impressive tie for ninth at the PGA Championship.
When it comes to the FedEx Cup Playoffs, Kuchar is a similar machine. He’s made the Tour Championship every year since 2009, and he won this event back in 2010. Different course, different name, same player. Kuchar won’t be an easy out this year, and with a stable road to East Lake, he should be playing loose and comfortable.
Kuchar is currently ranked 10th on TOUR in scoring average, and fifth in scrambling. He’s been striking the ball well for basically three months straight. That will pay off sooner or later. I’m banking on sooner.