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Top 30 Golfers for the 2014 Majors: No. 16 Matt Kuchar


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2014 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee.

No. 16: Matt Kuchar

Born: June 21, 1978, Winter Park, Fla. | Career PGA Tour Wins: 6 |2013 Wins (Worldwide): 2| 2013 Earnings (PGA Tour): $5,616,809 (3rd) World Ranking: 11

Brandel Chamblee's Take

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Matt Kuchar seems to win nothing but big events. His last three wins have been the 2012 Players, the 2013 WGC Match Play and the 2013 Memorial, and those wins put his name near the forefront in all major championship talk. However, Matt’s consistency trails off somewhat in the majors because he is not a very good driver of the ball. Given his lack of great length, he needs to find more fairways, something he struggles to do, but he more than makes up for it with a strategic savvy, great wedge game and a calmness that seems perfect for late Sunday pressure. He needs one great week off the tee at the right event for his breakthrough year.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 33
Wins: 0

2013 Performance:
Masters - T8
U.S. Open - T28
British Open - T15
PGA Championship - T22

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - T3 (2012)
U.S. Open - T6 (2010)
British Open - T9 (2012)
PGA Championship - T10 (2010)
Top-10 Finishes: 5
Top-25 Finishes: 12
Missed Cuts: 15

—Brandel Chamblee is lead analyst for the Golf Channel. Be sure to follow him @ChambleeBrandel on Twitter.

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