The Year of Matt Kuchar
By mustang6560 on 8/30/10
Matt Kuchar's win at The Barclays not only put him atop the FedEx Cup Points Leaderboard, it also put him in contention for Player of the Year.
I know what you're thinking. That guy? The one with the smile? Yes, him. Long known for his amateur exploits -- including finishes of T-21 at the Masters and T-14 at the U.S. Open back in 1998 -- little Matt is all grown up and has emerged as a world-class player.

Don't call it a kneejerk reaction to his Sunday victory at the Barclays, either.
Martin Laird was a two-putt away from winning but couldn't seal the deal. His three-putt extended the tournament where he faced off against Kuchar in a two-way playoff.

If you take a look at his numbers it doesn't seem that far off to hear Kuchar's name in the mix for POY. He leads the PGA with 10 top 10 finishes, he is at the top of the money list, in scoring average and all-around ranking.

Not bad, not bad at all. I think you could make a case for just about anyone for POY with those stats. Even Matt Kuchar.


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Banker85 says:
ya he always seems to be lingering around the leaderboard week in week out. Did he qualify for the Ryder Cup?
8/30/10
 
mjaber says:
Unless he wins the Fedex Cup, I don't think he's going to win player of the year. Granted it is up for grabs, but I think the inside track right now is Mickelson, because he's the #2 player in the world, and he's the only "big name" to have won a major.
8/30/10
 
Backquak says:
Phil shouldn't be considered for POY, he won a major but that's it, Matt has been in contention and just needed a win to get the POY nailed down, but there are some others to consider too, but my vote is for Matt unless someone sweeps the next few weeks and wins the Cup and everything else.
8/30/10
 
mjaber says:
@Backquak... What about guys like Els, Rose, and Furyk who have multiple wins? Does 1 tourney in the "playoffs" trump 2 wins during the season? I'm not saying it's right, but Phil is in the talks because he won the Masters. What if Phil repeats at the TOUR championship, but Kuchar wins the Fedex Cup? Phil would have 2 wins (1 major) vs. Kuchar's 1 win and bunch of top ten's.

@banker... He did make the Ryder Cup team. He was 8th in points.
8/30/10
 
Backquak says:
yep, still lots of variables to consider, but at this point I don't see how Phil would be considered when there are so many others that have played better and more consistent
8/30/10
 
mustang6560 says:
Phil should be out of consideration in my opinion because he failed to overtake Tiger Woods as the world #1 golfer. How many times did Phil fail to capitalize on snatching the top spot? Too many.

He won the Masters (props given) but I think this season should go down as a disappointment because he failed to reach the #1 world ranking. It seems Phil is content where he is (not being the best golfer in the world) therefore he shouldn't be honored as such.
8/30/10
 
wrhall02 says:
Kuchar is in contention for POY...but...some others are right there as well. The finish line is in site, but IMO, it largerly depends on what happens the next 3 events.
8/30/10
 
Duke of Hazards says:
What? No one mentioned Stricker? The guy is ranked 4th in the world, 2nd in FedEx cup standings, 3rd on money list, 2nd in scoring avg, 3rd in overall ranking and has 2 wins on the year, all vs. 16 events because of 6 weeks off due to injury in the spring. We saw him heating up towards the end of the Barclays and we know what he's done in the playoffs before. No knock on Kuchar, who is a strong contender, but come on, give Stricks some love.
8/30/10
 
mjaber says:
@Duke... I forgot about Stricker, but you're right. I guess what it comes down to is how much is a major worth? Does a major = 2 tour wins? Are all tour stops equal? Is a win during the playoffs worth more than a win during the regular tour season (the points system says it is)? Stricker won at Riviera (Northern Trust Open) and TPC- Deere Run (John Deere Classic). Are these wins equivalent to Justin Rose winning Memorial and AT&T National? Are Els 2 wins at the CA and Arnold Palmer bigger than Furyk's 2 at the Transitions Championship and Verizon Heritage? Does Phil's win at the Master's and 2nd at Quail Hollow (behind Rory's 62) make a difference? I don't know the answers, I'm just asking the questions. :)
8/30/10
 
Duke of Hazards says:
Good points all. It's going to really boil down to who performs in the playoffs. Last shout out for Stricks (he made 16 of 16 cuts).
8/30/10
 
mngolfballer09 says:
Hunter Mahan has also won twice
8/31/10
 
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