It has been a busy summer for Matt Kucher as he claimed his first of the season at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Cancun, Mexico back in November. He then came down under to play in the Australian Open and World Cup of Golf in December and now back to Hawaii to claim his second win.
Kucher started the day with a two-shot lead but struggled on the front nine which saw Andrew Putnam, who came second, turned with a one shot lead. After 13 they were tied at 19 under but a bogey on 14 for Putnam was a critical turning point of the tournament as Kucher went on to birdie 15 and 16 to cruise to a four-shot win.
The former PLAYERS Champion moved to second in the FedExCup behind Xander Schauffele.
“I'm tickled, thrilled to have won two events this early in the year,” Kuchar said.
“To have won two out of three starts on the PGA TOUR is mind boggling to me. It absolutely sets up the year to be in great position for the FedExCup. There is a lot of year left and a lot of great things that are out there to be done.”
Back in December, BGA Proshop wrote an article about Kucher and how he had change some equipment before the Mayakoba Golf Classic.
He switched from graphite shafts in his irons to steel and changed to the lower spinning Tour B X golf ball from Bridgestone.
"My irons were starting to spin a little more due to some differences in technique that have crept into my swing,” Kuchar said. “I was looking to bring some spin down with the irons because it had gotten to be too much. I think some of the work that I’ve put in to hit the ball a little higher and spin it a little more just got to a point where I could use less spin, and this ball does that for me. I tried the Tour B X ball in Vegas
and it brought the spin down. I tried a couple of drivers and the combination of the driver and ball had my ball speed going up a little bit. I thought it was a great combo."
“All of us would like to think our swings stay the same, but they do change, they do evolve, and with that, matching equipment is important,” Kuchar noted. “You want to make sure your ball and clubs match up with any change you make.”
So far, the early returns would indicate that they’ve done just that.
What was inside the winners bag:
- Driver: Bridgestone TOUR B JGR (9.5 degrees) Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec Black 6S
- 3 Wood: Titleist TS2 (13.5 degrees) Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evolution 757 X-flex
- Hybrids: Bridgestone TOUR B 2 (18 degrees), Ping Anser (20 degrees) Shafts: Fujikura Motore Speeder TS 8.8 X-flex
- Irons: Bridgestone J15CB (5-PW) Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 S300
- Wedges: Bridgestone J40 Forged (52 degrees), Cleveland RTX-4 (56 degrees), Cleveland RTX-3 (62 degrees)
- Putter: Bettinardi Arm Lock prototype, DASS KM-1 (Kuchar Model 1)