Monday, April 21

By the Numbers: Matt Kuchar's Torrid Month

Matt Kuchar won at Hilton Head. (Allison)
MATT KUCHAR THREE-PUTTED FROM four feet on the par-3 17th hole at Harbour Town Golf Links, but that didn't keep "Kooch" from winning the RBC Heritage. The hottest man in golf over the last month holed out his bunker shot on the final hole to wrap up a 7-under 64 in windy conditions and a 1-stroke victory over 54-hole leader Luke Donald.

I watched much of the coverage on Sunday and was aghast when Matt missed his four-foot birdie putt at 17, and then missed again for par, walking off with a bogey and tied with Donald. I thought, "Uh-oh. Here we go."

But Kuchar said he just shook it off and headed to 18, which "requires your full attention."

"It really feels awfully good," he said afterward. "I thought Houston I was in control. I thought that was a tournament I was going to win. But that didn't work out. I played some really good golf at Augusta last week, and I thought, 'This is where it's supposed to work out.'

"It's awfully sweet to have a chance. I kept wanting after things didn't work out in San Antonio, just give me another chance. Give me another chance. [It's] amazing to have four straight weeks of chances on four completely different golf courses. I take a lot of pride in playing good week in and week out. This has been some excellent play."

In his Monday Finish story at, D.J. Piehowski detailed some of the numbers during Kuchar's stretch of excellent play:

  • A scoring average of 69.6 in his last four starts.
  • Kuchar has earned $2.35 million and 1,038 FedEx Cup points in four weeks. The money works out to a little more than $2,100 per stroke.
  • Four consecutive top-5 finishes, a career first for Kuchar.
  • 72 birdies at the last four Tour stops, the equivalent of one birdie every four holes.
  • Kuchar has assured his sixth consecutive $2 million season.

Finally, Kuchar has eight top-10 finishes in 11 tournaments this season. That's very good playing. The RBC Heritage was his seventh PGA Tour title and moves him to No. 5 in the world golf rankings.

There's only one other thing he needs at this point. It starts with the letter M.

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