American golfer Matt Kuchar plays for the PGA and the Nationwide Tour. Born on June 21, 1978, Kuchar graduated from Georgia Tech, where he was a two time first team All American in golf. He won the US Amateur in 1997 and a year later was awarded the Fred Haskins Award as the country’s top collegiate golfer. He also competed at the Masters and the US Open in 1998. Kuchar turned pro in 2000.
He recorded his first ever PGA win at the Honda Classic in 2002. However, financial difficulties prevented him from qualifying for the PGA so he started to compete in the nationwide tour. He won the Henrico County Open in 2006 and finished 10th on the money list, which earned him his PGA Tour Card for the 2007 season. He earned playing rights for the 2008 season by making a 115th finish on the money list in 2007, and made it to the next season by finishing 70th in 2008.
In 2009 Kuchar won the Fall Series of the Turning Stone Resort Championship and followed this up with a win at the Barclays, when he defeated Martin Laird on a sudden death playoff. He was awarded the Vardon Trophy and the Byron Nelson Award in the same year for the lowest scoring average. He was also given the Arnold Palmer Award by the PGA for leading the money list.
He most recently played at the World Golf Championship-Accenture Match Play Championship where he made a top three finish. Prior to that Kuchar tied for fifth at the Sony Open in Hawaii. In June 2011, Kuchar was able to play at The Memorial Tournament that was held at Muirfeld Village, where he landed in a tie for second.