40-year-old Matt Kuchar last won a PGA TOUR event on April 20, 2014, at the RBC Heritage by a stroke over English golfer Luke Donald, with a total score of 11-under 273. Yesterday he did one better while winning the US$ 7,200,000 Mayakoba Golf Classic, he made $1,296,000 en route to his one-stroke win over New Zealand golfer Danny Lee, with a total score of 22-under 262, his best winning score.
Previously his best winning score was 19-under 269 at the Honda Classic in 2002, which happened to be his first professional win too. While Kuchar has never won a major but he came closest to one at last year’s The Open, where he finished three shot behind the winner Jordan Spieth for a solo second. While he was ranked World No.4 (his best) on the Official World Golf Rankings until 2014, currently he stands 40th and is expected to move to 29th after his triumph at the Mayakoba Golf Classic.
His best performances in 2018 include:
T-5: Waste Management Phoenix Open
T-8: Houston Open
T-9: US Open
Kuchar’s highest point in life came when he won the 2012 PLAYERS Championship with two-strokes over Ben Curtis, Rickie Fowler, Zach Johnson and Martin Laird.
“It feels extra sweet having kind of had to suffer through a year of not playing great in 2018,” said Kuchar, whose last victory before today came at the 2014 RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina. “Being four years removed since my last victory I realize how difficult it is to win on the PGA TOUR.”
He still wants to win a major and to play on the U.S. Presidents Cup next year. He even spoke of potentially reeling off multiple victories in 2019. First, though, Kuchar was headed to this week’s Australian Open, followed by the World Cup.