Matt Kuchar fields Ryder Cup queries after even-par Masters

Matt Kuchar may have finished well out of the discussion in the 74th Masters here at Augusta National. But he’s in the conversation when it comes to the Ryder Cup.

The Georgia Tech graduate and one-time Atlanta resident shot 71 on Sunday to finish at even-par 288 in his fourth Masters appearance and first since 2002. But the top-25 finish continues his solid work for the season and brought forth for the first time questions about his chances of making the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

“It’s one of those things I’m really not all that concerned with,” said Kuchar, who came into the week sixth in PGA Tour money and sixth in FedEx points. “I know that if I play well good things happen. The Tour Championship’s the one that’s always on my radar. That’s one of those things if you play well it takes care of itself.”

Kuchar was eighth in the latest Ryder Cup standings for the U.S. team. The team is chosen on the basis of points compiled by The PGA of America and the top eight automatically make the squad. In addition, captain Corey Pavin will have four selections.

“Now do I want to be in the Ryder Cup? Yeah, that’d be great,” said Kuchar, who will play the Verizon Heritage in Hilton Head next week. “It’s not something where I set my schedule to try to earn enough points or do whatever I’ve got to do to play in the ryder Cup. It’s something I hope good play will warrant me a spot on the team.”

For now, Kuchar was still glowing from his week at Augusta National. He capped his 1-under final round with an eagle on No. 13.

“All in all, it wasn’t bad, not bad at all,” said Kuchar, who had an eagle on No. 13 Sunday. “It was an exciting week. To be paired with Tiger Woods for days one and two was a real thrill. Tiger was great to play with. It was something I’ll never forget.”

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