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Top 30 Golfers for the 2016 Majors: No. 20 Matt Kuchar


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2016 — 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 Gary Williams.

No. 20: Matt Kuchar

Born: June 21, 1978, Winter Park, Fla. | Career PGA Tour Wins: 7 | 2015 Wins (Worldwide): 0 | 2015 Earnings (PGA Tour): $2,774,170 (28th) | World Ranking: 28

Gary Williams’ Take: A winless 2015 season for Kuchar still produced seven top 10s and second- and third-place finishes for a player with $33.9 million in career earnings and 56 top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour since 2010. Kuchar is at the top of the list of most accomplished players without a major championship victory to his credit, and he will turn 38 in late June. Statistically Kuchar had a very solid year, finishing 14th in scoring average, eighth in sand save percentage and ninth in the all around category, but there were two stats that contributed to his failure to win. His iron play was not as sharp, as he finished 149th in proximity to the hole, and he went from fourth in first-round scoring to 111th in final-round scoring. Kuchar has a Players title, money title, World Golf Championship, and a FedExCup playoff victory on his résumé, and his productivity should not wane. Plus he’s added John Wood, longtime caddy to Hunter Mahan, to his bag for a fresh perspective on the course.

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Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 40
Wins: 0
2015 Performance:
    Masters – T46
    U.S. Open – T12
    British Open – T58
    PGA Championship – T7
Best Career Finishes
    Masters - T3 (2012)
    U.S. Open - T6 (2010)
    British Open - T9 (2012)
    PGA Championship – T7 (2015)
Top-10 Finishes: 7
Top-25 Finishes: 16
Missed Cuts: 15

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