Kuchar ties for 3rd at Masters, Cink 50th

Former Georgia Tech golfer Matt Kuchar had his career-best finish at the Masters, finishing in a tie for third. His previous best was his memorable 21st-place finish as an amateur in 1998. A double-bogey on the ninth hole Sunday derailed his attempt at the title. He finished at 8 under, two shots out of the playoff.

We thought we were going to grab a green jacket,” Matt’s father Peter Kuchar told my colleague Doug Roberson. “He played so well from Thursday to Sunday. He made that double at 9 and he just fought back like a champ. He’s got so much heart.”

If you’re wondering, Kuchar and champion Bubba Watson from Georgia overlapped one season, 2000.

Making his first Masters cut since 2008, Stewart Cink finished in a tie for 50th, recovering from an 81 on Saturday with a five-birdie 69 on Sunday. Augusta hasn’t been kind to Cink over the years. In 15 starts, he has two top-10 finishes. Cink will have two more exemptions into the Masters via his 2009 British Open championship.

On the 25th anniversary of his famous sudden-death chip-in, Larry Mize missed the cut by shooting 7 over through the first two rounds.

24 comments Add your comment

gtg

April 9th, 2012
1:09 pm

Nice job Jackets.

dawgfan

April 9th, 2012
1:33 pm

Add a green jacket to the already long list of great Bulldog accomplishments. No worries though Tech fans, you’ve still got that 1917 national championship to hang your hats on.

Thanks.

ty webb

April 9th, 2012
1:37 pm

this blog entry is the epitome of Tech’s “little brotherness”…enjoy.

Haters...

April 9th, 2012
1:52 pm

Two of three comments are from the fleabags. Interesting that they spend so much time over here on the Jackets blogs. A UGA alum wins the Masters and suddenly they act as if they had the greatest golf legacy in the state. Great job by Bubba, but UGA golf has a long ways to go to live up to the standards set by Bobby Jones and other Tech alumni.

No way

April 9th, 2012
2:03 pm

@dawgfan: Long list of Bulldog accomplishments? What? Please name any other UGA golfer besides “Bubba” to win a major. I’ll name Bobby Jones, Duval, Cink to name few Tech golfers (and Kuchar will get his soon). Yea dumb boy keep your hat hanging on that list of big ZERO!

crackbaby

April 9th, 2012
2:03 pm

A very good day for U.S. golf – especially the state of Georgia.

Congratulations to Bubba and Koooooooooooooooch! Seems like both these guys are extremely popular with not only the fans but their fellow players.

crackbaby

April 9th, 2012
2:07 pm

Kuchar was in the stands at a football game several years ago (can’t remember if it was late 90s or early 00’s). A couple of young kids came up to him and handed him some stuff to sign and a pen. Matt was happy to acknowledge them and signed their stuff with a smile.

This was long before he was famous on tour (but likely after his ‘98 round with Tiger). Nice guy.

Excellent showings...

April 9th, 2012
2:32 pm

…by both Tech and UGA guys – and, Haters, don’t be so paranoid, there are plenty of Tech guys over on the other site, too…

Teddy Roosevelt

April 9th, 2012
3:27 pm

Good for both of them, glad to see an American(and Georgian) wearing the green jacket, as it should be. Keep at it Kuch and you’ll have another shot at the jacket!

Born2Buzz

April 9th, 2012
3:52 pm

Thank you dawgfan for continuing to reinforce the sterotype.

Congrats to Bubba. I was pulling for Kooch but if he couldn’t win it I was happy for Bubba to do so.
Much rather have Bubba win than the Auburn goof Dufner.

And don’t forget that Mize is a Tech alum as well.

JM

April 9th, 2012
4:09 pm

Bobby Jones is a GT graduate. It’ll be hard for any other college to beat that history with golf and the Masters.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 9th, 2012
5:16 pm

dwagfan, once again, you show your pettiness and ignorance. Tech has had a LONG line of world-class golfers, beginning with Bobby Jones, and continuing through Larry Mize, David Duval, Stewart Cink, and Matt Kuchar. UGA has one former golfer who has won a major, and that’s it. I have been going to the Masters every year since 1956, and I have seen them all, including (although he did not play) a very old Bobby Jones. Kuch won the hearts of Augusta fans in 1998 when he was low amateur and came in 21st. He has not slipped one iota in their admiration and respect. Whenever Kuch steps up to the ball, the galleries chant, “Kuch, Kuch, Kuch,” and that happened every single round this year. Until Sunday at about 2 PM, nobody in Augusta, except the most loyal UGA fans, had a clue that he might finish in even the top 5, much less win it. It is a credit to him that he kept it together and won it. BUT, Mickelson, Kuch, and a couple of others were by far the favorites of the fans at the tournament.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 9th, 2012
5:17 pm

Sorry, I meant that until about 2 PM Sunday, nobody had a clue that BUBBA might finish so high or win it.

FL Jacket

April 9th, 2012
10:55 pm

Dwagfan…

Congrats to a Dawg finally winning on a course plowed up and envisioned…by a Yellow Jacket.

TN Jacket

April 10th, 2012
2:40 am

Congratulations to Bubba and Matt! Both played four rounds of excellent golf on a very tough course. The character and humility of both of these young men is a breath of fresh air in today’s world of elite athletes. The Golf Channel reported that they and other pro tour golfers are in a Bible Study together. Bubba stated that winning the Masters on Easter Sunday was especially important, because of the celebration on that day of the Resurrection of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! I have been a fan of Matt’s since his GT days. I am happy to be a new fan of Bubba Watson also, regardless of where he graduated from college! It’s all about what really matters in this life and beyond this life!

Tech 1998

April 10th, 2012
7:20 am

Amen TN Jacket

chattjacket

April 10th, 2012
8:46 am

Dawgfan: Yes, we had championships long ago. But of course you seem to forget that our 1990 championship is ten years more recent than UGA’s last one . . . . Thanks for throwing us that hanging curveball for us to knock over the fence.

Rick

April 10th, 2012
11:47 am

I’ll second what Tech 1998 wrote- Good words TN Jacket.

Supersize that order, mutt

April 10th, 2012
11:56 am

I didn’t pull for Bubba, and I doubt that I would ever pull for Bubba, but he DID show himself to be a class act……certainly classier than most of the dwag fans on the course Sunday who probably didn’t (and still don’t) know a thing about him other than that he went to UGA, and then started “Woofing” like they were at a football game. I know I am totally biased, but that was just sickening.

SansWorld

April 10th, 2012
2:11 pm

Bubba Watson seems to be the most likable Dawg i have ever seen. It is hard to root against him, though I half heartley tried.

I bet Dog fans here could learn something from him.

Dawglasville

April 10th, 2012
2:45 pm

TN Jacket – “It’s all about what really matters in this life and beyond this life!”

I swore off blogging because of all of the negativity. You brought me out of retirement. Great post.

bob in nc

April 11th, 2012
8:45 pm

congrats to all 3. hard to hate a dog that cries.

I feel your Payne

April 13th, 2012
10:54 am

Yes and a UGA grad and ex football player is running thing quite well at Augusta National and at the Masters thank your so much!

dawgfan

April 14th, 2012
10:23 am

thank your too