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Top 30 Golfers for the 2015 Majors: No. 9 Matt Kuchar


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2015 — 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. 9: Matt Kuchar

Born: June 21, 1978, Winter Park, Fla. | Career PGA Tour Wins: 7 | 2014 Wins (Worldwide): 1| 2014 Earnings (PGA Tour): $4,695,515 (9th) World Ranking: 14

2013-14 Key Stats

      Strokes Gained, Total: 1.573 (5th)

      Par 4 Performance: -29 (2nd)

      Top 10 Finishes: 11 (2nd)

Brandel Chamblee's Take

Kuchar is an impressive player when one looks at how many wins he has over the last five years (five), but when one considers what he could’ve done and what he is imminently capable of doing this year, you’ve got a truly elite player whose overall game and guile make him a major threat. Since 2010 no other player in the world — not even Rory or Tiger or Adam — has come close to being in the hunt on the PGA Tour as often as Kuchar. His 48 top tens are 12 more than Rory, 27 more than Tiger and 16 more than Scott over the same time period. Of course, he is criticized for not winning more, but given his lack of length off of the tee, he is succeeding in the most power-prejudiced era in the history of golf. His improved accuracy in driving will make him more of a threat in the majors in 2015 and in particular at The Masters, where he has finished third, eighth and fifth the last three years. If you're looking for the best player to have never won a major with the best chance to rid himself of that moniker, look no further than Kooch.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 36
Wins: 0

2014 Performance:
Masters - T5
U.S. Open - T12
British Open - T54
PGA Championship - DNP

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - T3 (2012)
U.S. Open - T6 (2010)
British Open - T9 (2012)
PGA Championship - T10 (2010)
Top-10 Finishes: 6
Top-25 Finishes: 14
Missed Cuts: 15

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

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