Kuchar assesses 'best year', fatigue and Woods

Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:31pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Just like Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar did not play well at the season-ending Tour Championship after succumbing to a hectic schedule but the American can still reflect on the "best year" of his career on the PGA Tour.

Kuchar won two big events on the U.S. circuit during 2013, including his first World Golf Championships (WGC) crown, and was especially proud of his consistency as he made the cut in every one of his 23 starts.

The tall American world number eight piled up earnings of $5,616,808 to end the season ranked third in the PGA Tour money list, with only Woods ($8,553,439) and Swede Henrik Stenson ($6,388,230) above him.

"It's been my best year to date, having a multiple-win season, a lot of top-10s and no missed cuts," the softly spoken Kuchar, who is one of five nominees for the PGA Tour's Player of the Year award to be announced on Friday, told Reuters.

"It was a very solid year and I take a lot of pride in not missing a single cut this year. I think that's a difficult thing to do and shows a high level of consistency.

"I feel like I nearly played well every week and to come to Atlanta (for the Tour Championship) and to not play well was very disappointing but looking back at the year as a whole, I certainly have a great taste in my mouth."

Kuchar finished in a tie for 26th out of 30 players in the PGA Tour's elite season finale at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta where Woods, his playing partner in the final round, ended up joint 22nd.

Asked what had been the biggest difference in his game during 2013, Kuchar replied: "Little by little, I think my game has just gotten better each year and that's been a great progression.   Continued...

Matt Kuchar of the U.S. acknowledges the crowd after finishing the third round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at the Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois, September 14, 2013. REUTERS/Jim Young