With Matt Kuchar‘s third-round 68 on Saturday, he has put himself in a great position to make a run at his first green jacket.
When his round ended after a bogey on the Par-4 18th, Kuchar sat two strokes behind the leader, Bubba Watson. Kuchar’s short game today was outstanding, highlighted by his 30-yard pitch shot on the Par 5 15th. After hitting it over the green, Kuchar had to land the ball on a downslope with water in the background; he hit perfectly. Kuchar landed the ball right on the edge of the green and it rolled to about seven feet. He made the birdie. It was his third birdie in a row on the back nine after he birdied holes 13 and 14. On No. 17, he was in a similar position, and he was facing a delicate little chip behind the green. Once again, it was perfect.
Kuchar is one of the best overall players on the PGA Tour, and it’s only a matter of time before he puts it all together for a major. Today, he had it all working.
Kuchar started the day at even par, and after a front-nine 33, Kuchar eliminated the seven-stroke deficit that he faced at the beginning of his round. Kuchar has been in top form as of late, especially the last two weeks where he was contending on the final day. But late-round mistakes cost him the chance to win both of those tournaments. Instead of protecting the lead in the final round, Kuchar will most likely be the one doing the chasing.
Often thought of as the best player on the PGA Tour who has yet to win a major, Kuchar is in prime spot to win that first one. He has been in the top 10 each of the past two years at the Masters, and he has been close so many times. Maybe this is the week he will finally break through.