I wouldn’t peg TPC Craig Ranch as a great course fit for Matt Kuchar, but he’s squeezed a lot out of his two appearances.
In 2021, Kuch tied for 17th (67-66-66-73) and was eyeing a top-10 before a tough Sunday. He improved to T-12th (67-68-69-64) last year.
Regardless of past performance at the AT&T Byron Nelson, Kuchar’s worthy of a spot in the power rankings based on recent form.
He’s still going strong at age 44 as evidenced by his fourth consecutive top-25 at last week’s Wells Fargo Championship (T-23rd).
Kuchar’s had a few good finishes at designated events like that one, including solo eighth at the Genesis Invitational.
You know he’d love to win at least one more time before moving on to PGA Tour Champions at the end of the decade. Kuchar’s last trophy came at the 2019 Sony Open in Hawaii.
The former collegiate standout at Georgia Tech came close to winning again last month at the Valero Texas Open (T-3rd).
Kuchar is a crafty player, which likely explains why he’s also a good tennis and ping pong player. He leads the PGA Tour both in strokes gained per round around-the-green (.576) and in sand saves (76.47%).
Aside from a lack of distance, Kuchar has no glaring weaknesses. He’s gaining strokes in every category.
I’m not sure he’ll have the firepower to hang with the handful of big names expecting to compete on a long, soft course this week, but I envision Kuchar being among the best of the rest.