Matt Kuchar’s Near Perfect Month

 

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Matt Kuchar holes out from the green side bunker on his 72nd hole which led to a one shot victory of Luke Donald

Just over two weeks ago, he was defeated by Matt Jones in a sudden death playoff after Jones’ holed out from 42-yards, he finished T5 at this years Masters, but this week it was Matt Kuchar’s time. Matt Kuchar (-11) defeated Luke Donald by one stroke at the RBC Heritage to capture his seventh PGA tour win. After a spectacular hole out from the green side bunker on the 18th hole to shoot, a record tying final round, 64.

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This has been an almost near perfect month for Matt Kuchar, finishing in the top 5 at each event. Many people would assume that the golf courses Kuchar has played fit his playing style, but that isn’t the case at all. TPC San Antonio, the Golf Club of Houston, Augusta National, and Harbour Town Golf link have nothing in common. They all have different weather, different grasses, and all play to different strengths.

“It’s amazing to have four straight weeks of changes on four completely different golf courses,” said Kuchar, who now has eight top 10s in 11 starts this season. “I take a lot of pride in playing good week in and week out. This has been some excellent play.”

For the last 5 years Matt Kuchar has been the most consistent player on TOUR, having just two missed cuts in 63 starts.

What has guided him to his recent success? When it comes to his bag, Matt Kuchar isn’t loyal to just one brand. He carries clubs from five different equipment manufactures.

Lets take a look inside his bag:

Driver: Bridgestone J40 430, 9.5 degree

3-wood: PING G25, 15 degrees

Hybrids: PING Anser, 20 degrees, PING Anser, 23 degrees

Irons (5-PW): Bridgestone J40 Cavity Back

Wedges: Bridgestone J40 Black Oxide, 52 degree. Cleveland 588 RTX Satin, 58-12 degrees. Titleist Vokey SM4 Spin Milled, 62-07 degrees.

Putter: Bettinardi Matt Kuchar Signature Model 1

Ball: Bridgestone Tour B330-S

Hopefully he will continue to swing great and putt well so we can hear more “Kuuuuuchh” roars from the crowds.

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There will be no green jacket for Tiger Woods this year

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I am writing this post while tears well up in my eyes, knowing that the best time of the year for me, as a golfer, just took a turn for the worst. With only 8 days until the eve of the first round of the Masters Tournament an upsetting announcement was made stating that Tiger Woods will not be playing in the 2014 Masters due to a back injury.

This will be Tigers first time missing the Masters since that start of his career back in 1994. He is a four-time Masters Champion winning his first Masters during his first year as a professional by an incredible margin of 12 shots marking it his first of fourteen major championships.

Tiger Woods underwent back surgery on Monday to fix a pinched nerve in his lower back that has been hurting him for some time. The microdiscectomy was performed by neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Rich in Park City, Utah. Woods will begin “intensive rehabilitation and soft-tissue treatment” within a week, and the goal is for him to return to competition “sometime this summer.”

In a statement Tiger was quoted saying, “After attempting to get ready for the Masters and failing to make the necessary progress, I decided, in consultation with my doctors, to have this procedure done. I’d like to express my disappointment to the Augusta National membership, staff, volunteers and patrons that I will not be at the Masters. It’s a week that’s very special to me. It also looks like I’ll be forced to miss several upcoming tournaments to focus on my rehabilitation and getting healthy.”

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It is unclear as if Tiger will even be ready for the third major of the year, The Open Championship, which will be held at the Royal Liverpool July 17-20.

After multiple injuries causing him to miss all 4 majors now, Tiger still remains positive about the future. Tiger said in a statement, “It’s tough right now, but I’m absolutely optimistic about the future. There are a couple [of] records by two outstanding individuals and players that I hope one day to break. As I’ve said many times, Sam (Snead) and Jack (Nicklaus) reached their milestones over an entire career. I plan to have a lot of years left in mine.”

The Masters begin on April 10, and the field will not be the same without Tiger Woods. All we can do now is hope that the headlines next year read, The 2015 Masters Champion: Tiger Woods!!

Back Spasms prevent Tiger Woods from finishing his round at the Honda Classic

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Bouncing back, after a shaking start, with the best round of the year on Saturday, Tiger Woods withdraws from the Honda Classic, in West Palm Beach, FL, on his 13th hole in the final round on Sunday. Tiger opened up the tournament with a shaking one over par 71 in his first round, as well as shooting a one under par 69 on Friday, before playing his best round of the year on Saturday carding 7 birdies and 2 bogeys for a five under par, 65.

Heading into the final round Tiger was in the top 20, only 7 shot back of the leader Rory Mcllroy. Tiger began his final round, playing along side Luke Guthrie, with an opening 9 holes at five over par, before going on to par his next 3 holes. After playing the 13th Tiger officially decided to withdraw from the tournament. Before leaving the course Tiger was responsible for citing the reason he was withdrawing telling the media it was because of his back.

As the story developed, Tiger was quoted saying, “It’s my lower back spasms, it started this morning warming up.”

What does this mean for Tiger, the defending champion  next week at the Worlds Golf Championship? He says “It’s too early to tell, I need treatment everyday until Thursday to try to calm it down, we’ll see how it is.”

The feeling he experienced at the Honda Classic was the same feeling  he felt at the Barclays tournament last fall, as well as when he withdrew from the PGA National tournament.

Playing partner, Luke Guthrie, spoke on the withdrawal saying, “I kind of noticed that he wasn’t feeling the greatest. I noticed he was starting to kind of gingery tee up the ball and pick up the ball out of the hole and stuff. He made a couple uncharacteristic shots; the drive on 3 kind of was the first one. I didn’t know if he wasn’t feeling the greatest—it kind of seemed like he might have been protecting, came up and out of it. If you’re hurting, you’re hurting.”

This is the seventh time in Woods’ career and fourth time in the last five years that he has withdrawn from a tournament.

What does this withdrawal mean for the upcoming Masters Tournament for Tiger? Many golf fans believe that this is the year Tiger Woods will end his 5-year drought and win another major. With only a little over a month until the Thursday, and opening round of the 2014 Masters, Tiger Woods has limited time to receive treatment to help reduce the back spasms, and be fully prepared.

But it is Tiger Woods; he is ready to prove to the world that he can win another major!