'Mr. Consistency' Kuchar back at a 'special' venue

Wed May 7, 2014 3:07pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) - Matt Kuchar has been golf's 'Mr. Consistency' for the past two years and he returns to the PGA Tour for this week's Players Championship after a welcome break following a victory in his last start.

The slender American ended a frustrating run of close calls in spectacular style when he holed a bunker shot on his final hole to win last month's RBC Heritage in South Carolina, his seventh career win on the U.S. circuit.

Kuchar then took two weeks off to spend precious time with his family and said he felt energized and excited on his return to a "special" venue where he clinched the coveted Players title in 2012.

"To have two weeks to enjoy a victory is awfully nice, because it's not often it works out that way," world number five Kuchar told reporters at the TPC Sawgrass on Wednesday. "I'm always excited to be back here.

"This is a special place to me and it continues to be special. It was amazing to win here two years ago. To have the whole thing happen the way it did, on Mother's Day, everything kind of come together to be a pretty magical story for me.

"This tournament is unique. There's a great buzz about it. There's a great energy. I think all of us that show up are awfully excited to have Thursday get here and get started."

BIGGEST WIN   Continued...

U.S. golfer Matt Kuchar hits his tee shot on the fourth hole during the final round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia April 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake