Kuchar keeping good company as he seeks Open secret

Wed Jul 16, 2014 2:48pm EDT
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By Martyn Herman

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - American Matt Kuchar is not one to shy away from seeking tips.His majestic short game owes much to chats he once shared as an aspiring pro with the likes of chipping masters Lee Trevino and Ray Floyd.

It would be a surprise then if he wasn't in the ear of his practice-round partners at the British Open which starts on Thursday at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club.

"I've had four practice rounds and had four great Open champions to play with," said Kuchar who has had top-10 finishes in all the majors without winning one.

"I played with Tiger Woods on Sunday, Nick Faldo on Monday, Tom Watson on Tuesday and David Duval today," he told reporters on Wednesday.

"I hope I get some unique perspective and some of that mystical Open championship to rub off a little on me. It was great to play with all of them. I enjoyed my practice rounds.

Kuchar has certainly been keeping good company and says that he feels comfortable on the course alongside the Dee Estuary, even if he does not know exactly what it's called.

"I could use a little help," said the 36-year-old from Florida. "I still don't know exactly how to refer to it, if I refer to the course as Hoylake or Royal Liverpool or Royal Liverpool at Hoylake.

"I have heard it many different ways, even The Royal."   Continued...

Matt Kuchar of the U.S. putts on the third green during a practice round ahead of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, northern England July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth