Matt Kuchar's Shocking Missed Cut at 2014 Crowne Plaza Invitational Not a Major Concern

By Brandon Raper
Matt Kuchar Colonial Crowne Plaza Invitational
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Tell me you saw one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour missing the cut at Colonial this weekend, and I’d like to tell you about some nice oceanfront property in Arizona I’ve got up for sale.

If there were any doubt that golf were a truly fickle game, Matt Kuchar stands as living proof, as he’ll have a rare weekend off to spend Memorial Day with his family. Kuchar, who went 23-for-23 in made cuts in 2013, missed just his second cut since the 2012 PGA Championship.

Kuchar nearly won the Crowne Plaza Invitational last season, but could only muster a level-par on 70 Friday, a three-birdie, three-bogey effort that left him just one shot away from playing the weekend. He hit just 24 of 36 greens in regulations, which is actually surprising when you realize that he could hardly keep the ball in the fairway on day two.

While some will look at this as a dramatic drop-off for a guy who had nine top-tens in 13 tournaments this season, and five in his last six, things like this just happen sometimes. Kuchar wasn’t alone in his struggles, either, as guys like Paul Casey, Kevin Na, and Rickie Fowler all failed to earn a weekend tee time as well.

So no, Kuchar won’t overtake Adam Scott as the No. 1 player in the world this week. That was a tall order to begin with. He does still sit in third in the FedEx Cup points race, and has a title defense coming up at the Memorial Tournament. Then its on to his third run at Pinehurst, where he’ll look to forget about two previous missed US Open cuts and earn a first career major. Not a bad couple weeks, if I say so myself.

While nobody ever likes to miss a cut – and a paycheck – on Tour, Kuchar is going to be just fine. If anything, I’d be more worried if I were a competitor of his, as he might just use this for more motivation going into a big summer.

Brandon Raper is the lead golf writer for Rant Sports. “Like” him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @Brandon__Raper, and join him on Google+.

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