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Golf Australia Express : Issue 11
When he’s not out on course he’s at home playing with his kids. It’s a balanced life for 33-year-old American Matt Kuchar. And after two stellar seasons on the PGA Tour, why wouldn’t it be? Sitting third on the FedEx Cup table heading to the BMW Championship this week, life’s pretty sweet for Kuchar right now. PLAYER THE THE FAMILY GUY Matt Kuchar’s been around for a while now. Twelve years in fact. That’s a long time playing golf at the elite level when you’re 33 and can boast just three PGA Tour wins in that period. It’s fair to say there were big tags put on Kuchar a decade ago, and even fairer to say he never lived up to all the hype. But like golf itself, predictions of stardom can be rather fickle, too. After securing his first PGA Tour win at the Honda Classic in 2002 it would be seven years before he again enjoyed success—the 2009 Turning Stone Resort Championship. While he had a stint on the second-tier Nationwide Tour during that time, he was able to secure his PGA Tour card again in 2007 and the laidback Kuchar never really let his feathers ruffle. That’s because this Florida born golfer is not your average player. His swing is definably his own—flat, below his shoulders and remarkably consistent for an unorthodox swing. In many ways, his swing is the antithesis of many modern day teachings—he’s living proof that a golfer is made between the ears rather than on the range. And Kuchar has more between the ears than most out there— golf’s about the long term goals. It was 2010 that proved his breakout year on Tour. A win at The Barclays over Martin Laird, leading money winner and lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour, and a well-deserved Ryder Cup place showed us Kuchar is far from a could-have-been.