Kuchar rewarded for great consistency
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2013 The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance | Wrap | 03 Jun 2013
Matt Kuchar, has become one of the PGA Tour’s most consistent players but don’t let a description of consistency lull you into thinking he is less than brilliant.
Kuchar’s narrow but nonetheless convincing victory at the Memorial Tournament in Columbus in Ohio today came after making his 20th cut in succession and now eight top tens in that same period, including his victory at the Accenture Match Play
Kuchar should be inside the top five in the world when the revised rankings are announced later today and now shapes as a genuine chance to win his first major championship when he tees it up at Merion in eleven days time.
Kuchar took a two shot lead into the final round over Kevin Chappell and after a birdie at the first he was never really threatened. Kyle Stanley got within one late in his opening nine but he faltered over the closing nine holes while Kuchar birdied the 11th, 15th and 18th holes to win by two over Chappell.
Chappell, still to win on the PGA Tour, finished strongly with four birdies in his last six holes to earn the biggest cheque of his professional career $US669,000.
Stanley was alone in third position three shots behind Chappell.
“This tournament is truly special to me,” said Kuchar after his win. "I remember in my early years as a newcomer on the PGA Tour to get the invitation to the Memorial was just so exciting. To see the champions that have won here and now to be able to put my name on that list in Mr Nicklaus’s tournament it is such a great honour.
“To win was more excitement than a regular tournament. To walk off and to greet Mr Nicklaus and to have him congratulate me is something I will never forget.”
Matt Jones continued what has been an overall solid season to date to be the leading Australian in a share of 6th position. The Scottsdale based Sydney golfer should move his earnings beyond US$650,000 and on track for security regarding his status for 2014.
Adam Scott’s final event before the second major of the year at the US Open was impressive enough, the Queenslander finishing 13th after a final round of 73.