Matt Kuchar a favorite at U.S. Open

Georgia Tech grad Matt Kuchar, ranked sixth in the world, is a popular choice to win the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. He would become the fifth Georgia Tech grad to win a major, following Bobby Jones, Larry Mize, David Duval and Stewart Cink.

Kuchar, who tied for 14th as an amateur at the U.S. Open in 1998, also at Olympic, leads the PGA Tour with five top-10 finishes this season.

“It’s nice that people are thinking I’ve got a good chance here,” Kuchar told the San Jose Mercury News. “But it’s the game of golf. You never know what’s going to happen — particularly U.S. Open golf. If you’re not on all cylinders, it’s pretty easy to shoot a big number out there.”

Kuchar’s game could suit the tight fairways and the typically penalizing U.S. Open set-up. He is 10th in greens in regulation and 25th in driving accuracy.

“So I definitely like my chances,” he said in an article on pgatour.com. “I think a U.S. Open is a good fit for me.”

Two other former Jackets are also in the field, Cink and Roberto Castro. After failing to qualify, Duval will be an analyst for ESPN’s online coverage on ESPN3.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

32 comments Add your comment

GT

June 14th, 2012
10:32 am

Kuuuuuuuuuuuuuchh!

Alex

June 14th, 2012
10:42 am

Kuch is a class act! He makes me proud to be a Jacket!

Supersize that order, mutt

June 14th, 2012
10:52 am

It was awesome to follow Kuch at the Masters this year and see how popular he is. Every time he had a good tee-shot, or fairway shot, or putt, there were cries of “Kuch ! Kuch ! Kuch !” from the galleries. And yet he remains his always humble self. Get ‘em, Kuch !!!

juvenal

June 14th, 2012
11:02 am

know how i can get some practice passes for next year, Super?

www

June 14th, 2012
11:31 am

Supersize that order, mutt

June 14th, 2012
11:31 am

juvenal……there is a lottery for practice session tickets. I am pretty sure the application period for that lottery has already closed, but I will see if I can find out for sure and email you.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 14th, 2012
11:41 am

juvnal…….check your email. I assume it’s the same address you gave me last Fall.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 14th, 2012
11:42 am

oops, misspelled your name on that last post, but it was me who typed it, not my imposter.

Big Crimson 75

June 14th, 2012
12:32 pm

Jason Bohn looking good early!!
Roll Tide.

5150 UOAD

June 14th, 2012
1:21 pm

Hahah Really? really is a tool…………

Really?
June 13th, 2012
9:49 am

Rodney?…….When’s the last time you blogged about a show with substance? Ever blog about Frontline? Oh yeah….it’s not about substance….It’s about page hits.

Do you really feel good about your job? Do you honestly feel you contribute to the human race?

GTFan

June 14th, 2012
2:16 pm

Ken, Nick Thompson from Tech is also in the Open.

dude looks like Lin

June 14th, 2012
2:56 pm

Is this blog writer Jeremy Lin?

not gonna happen

June 14th, 2012
2:59 pm

kuchar? can’t beat bubba

Supersize that order, mutt

June 14th, 2012
3:43 pm

@ not gonna happen…….I was at the Masters. Until the final 9 holes on Sunday, Kuch was a far more recognizable and popular golfer than Bubba. Bubba is good, no doubt about it, but Kuchar is a crowd favorite. Of course Kuch and Bubba are also best friends and take part in the same weekly Bible study group, so they are both classy guys. But Kuch is definitely, at least right now, the more popular golfer and also equal to the task at hand in the Open.

GTBob

June 14th, 2012
3:45 pm

kuchar? can’t beat bubba

I am going to go out on a limb and predict that Kuchar beats Bubba in the US Open. Bubba might not even make the cut.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 14th, 2012
3:53 pm

GTBob, I think the Open course is more a Kuchar course than a Bubba course. That’s not saying anything against Bubbba; it’s just that some types of courses are more suited for some players than for others, and the Open is always held on courses of a certain style that is unlike many other courses.

Outside Observer

June 14th, 2012
4:00 pm

Does anyone else swell with pride when you see a list of notable alumni like Bobby Jones, Larry Mize, David Duval, Stuart Cink, and Matt Kuchar? I’m proud to be a yellow jacket.

GTBob

June 14th, 2012
4:00 pm

It is more of a Kuchar course. Precision is much more important then length and aggressiveness. That is why Tiger is hitting so many stinger tee shots. I only said that about Bubba though because he just finished his first round at 9 over par. Kuchar hasn’t teed off yet but I would be pretty shocked if he did worse then that.

BLT

June 14th, 2012
4:38 pm

“Hahah Really? really is a tool…………”

That’s not all he is. Bipolar comes to mind. More than likely seriously abused a child.

BLT

June 14th, 2012
4:43 pm

“Is this blog writer Jeremy Lin?”

His name is posted with the article. Just go up there and read and you’ll answer your own question. Unless you are trying to convey the dog poop angle. If that’s the case you are beyond hope. Oh, bloggers write the blog, Ken writes the articles.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 14th, 2012
5:14 pm

@ Outside Observer…….you’re damn right I swell with pride when I see those names. I was there on the 11th in 1987 when Mize chipped it in from 140 feet to win the playoff for the Masters. It was AWESOME.

BLT

June 14th, 2012
5:20 pm

“kuchar? can’t beat bubba’

Not meant to be a factual statement.

Supersize that order, mutt

June 14th, 2012
5:23 pm

Not saying anything against Bubba, but I think “not gonna happen” must be a little down right now. Kuchar is even through11, and Bubba is 9 over through 18.

Tom

June 14th, 2012
6:08 pm

Would love to see both Kuch and Bubba do well….two great, humble kids with their priorities in order and who are fan/player faves.

Big Crimson 75

June 14th, 2012
6:19 pm

Super — the 12 yr old out-scored Bubbie today!!!

Bohn & Thompson are carrying the Crimson colors well thus far!!

Supersize that order, mutt

June 14th, 2012
6:36 pm

BC75, I think he’s 14, not 12. I don’t have anything against Bubba. I just get a kick out of the dwag trolls who think simply because he went to UGA that he can do no wrong. Tom is right, both Bubba and Kuch are humble young men. And they definitely have their priorities straight, even if the fans don’t.

I'm Just Saying

June 15th, 2012
1:10 am

not gonna happen…does Bubba realize that the object of golf is to have the low score? He posted a whopper of a score today 78….and low an behold Kuchar is tied for 7th at even par.

Destin Dawg

June 15th, 2012
6:24 am

I’ve got a bet on Matt.. he’s a young man.. Bubba is too .. proud to see these golfers from USA do well.. Jason Dufner too.. why does GT always come up with the negative stuff ??

GT

June 15th, 2012
8:45 am

That is not our Thompson who shot 4 under is it? Not much covers in local press, must not be any of our guys, but then again being Tech and not Bubba it very well may be.

Hurt Kurbstreit

June 15th, 2012
9:04 am

I’m a UGA guy but pulling hard for Kuchar. I’ve met him and he is a classy guy. He’s put himself in great position. Unfortunately, Bubba may have shot himself out of contention on the first day. He’s gonna have to work hard to just make the cut.

Buzzed

June 15th, 2012
2:08 pm

Kuchar and Cink headed in the wrong direction today.

Buzzed

June 15th, 2012
2:10 pm

As well as Nicholas Thompson and Roberto Castro. They’re all swelling with pride.