Matt Kuchar’s got to be wondering what he needs to do to win the Valero Texas Open. In 10 appearances at the Oaks course, Kuchar’s made all 10 cuts and has finished outside the top-50 just once.
He’s got six top-15s, including a career-best T-2nd last year. Rounds of 67-69-72-69 (-11) left Kuch two shots off the pace.
"“It’s a demanding driving golf course as well as approaches,” Kuchar was transcribed by ASAP Sports in 2014. “I think approaches are really tough. You’ve got a lot of big fall-offs around the greens. The greens have a lot of movement in them. “So, I think from a ball-striking perspective, particularly off the tee I feel like that’s one of my strengths is keeping myself in play, giving myself a lot of chances and been doing a good job of that this week.”"
Kuchar’s not just a horse for the course pick this week. His game is in a renaissance at age 44.
After some down years, Kuchar is having a solid 2022-23 season.
The Georgia Tech product notched his third top-10 in his last seven events by taking T-9th at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play by virtue of his run to the round of 16.
Kuchar beat Viktor Hovland 3 & 1, halved with Chris Kirk, and romped Si Woo Kim 7 & 6.
He went the distance in his next match, falling 1 Up to Jason Day.
Kuchar also took T-7th at the Sony Open in Hawaii and solo eighth at the Genesis Invitational.
He’s getting it done in a crafty way. Kuchar is first on the PGA Tour in scrambling (70.92%) and sand saves (76.92%).
Kuchar is 26th in total strokes gained per round (.940) and is in the positive in every category.
He’s not in the field for the 2023 Masters, so he needs a win to get to Augusta. There’s no better time for Kuchar to get to double-digit PGA Tour wins for his career.