There are two reasons why golf fans in Singapore can look forward to seeing Matt Kuchar play in the 2020 SMBC Singapore Open: firstly because he has been one of the world’s finest players over the past 10 years and secondly, well that’s obvious, everyone is going to love shouting “Kuuuuch!”
The popular American started his career in a big way in the amateur game narrowly losing in the semi-finals of the 1996 U.S. Amateur championship to Tiger Woods before winning the prestigious title the following year
He received the Haskins Award in 1998 as the nation’s top collegiate golfer (he attended Georgia Tech), and was the low amateur at both The Masters and U.S. Open.
Matt briefly enjoyed success in the early 2000s before suffering a slump where he struggled to maintain his playing status on the PGA Tour. But he rejuvenated himself and built a new, one-plane swing from 2008 onward leading to vastly improved results. He was the PGA Tour’s leading money winner in 2010.
He is a nine-time winner on the PGA Tour having triumphed in some of the biggest tournaments in the game including the Players Championship in 2012 and the 2013 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. He has also finished in the top-10 at Majors on 12 occasions.
Like Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson he has been a regular in the Ryder Cup matches over the past decade. And of course Matt famously claimed the bronze medal behind Rose and Stenson at the Olympics in 2016.
Date of birth: June 21, 1978
Country: United States
Year Turned Professional: 2000