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