Kuchar In Myrtle Beach For Canadian Tour Events
For those with short memories, the affable young man wowed the world as an amateur at the 1998 Masters, reeling in the galleries at Augusta National with that broad grin and eyes as big as a kid's on Christmas morning. Now in Myrtle Beach as a Golf Channel invite for the Canadian Tour South Carolina Challenge and next week's CanAm Days Championship, Kuchar, in his typical fashion, breaks into that smile when he recalls the memorable weekend in Georgia where he threw his unofficial coming-out party.
'People will always seem to remember that,' says the 22-year-old, who was a shy Georgia Tech sophomore at the '98 Masters. 'It seems wherever I go, people ask me about that weekend. That was a little bit of golfer's heaven.'
That wasn't the last we'd hear from Matt Kuchar that summer. Just a few short weeks later at the U.S. Open, the 6'4, 200-pounder offered up an encore, heading into play Saturday just two strokes back of the lead before eventually settling for 14th. As the virtual star of the show in consecutive majors, Kuchar, the initial U.S. amateur champion after Tiger Woods went professional, seemed to have the world at his fingertips.
Opting to stay at Georgia Tech for his two final years rather than hopping aboard the endorsement train when it was at full steam, Kuchar turned pro in November and has missed the cut in both PGA tournaments he has entered-the Sony Open and AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Seemingly unfazed by the results, Kuchar is openly point-blank when asked the difference between playing as an amateur as opposed to the pro ranks.
'During my amateur career, I became so accustomed to playing pro events that I've seen the depth of the fields improve and players getting better all over the world. But it's still golf; there really isn't a difference. My attitude and outlook doesn't change, you still want to win. The only difference is you may collect a paycheque on Sunday.'
With all eyes in Canada focused on Mike Weir, Kuchar stresses the Bright's Grove, ON native is a blueprint for what lies ahead for the Canadian Tour.
'Mike is a great guy, and I have been very impressed with how he has come along and become a force (on the PGA Tour),' says Kuchar. 'You like to cheer for everyone, but you always want to see the good guys do well. I know a lot of great players that have come off the Canadian Tour, and the level of golf on this Tour has certainly helped the level of competition worldwide.'
This weekend, The Golf Channel will outfit Kuchar with a microphone as he circles the course, offering viewers the chance to see, and hear, what goes through the head of a professional in any given situation. Does Kuchar worry about letting the occasional expletive slip?
'It (wearing the microphone) will be interesting for me because I've been trying to work on my post-shot routine. But I'm not worried about what I'll say. My mom always taught me growing up to act like a gentleman.'
Not surprisingly, the interview ends with Matt Kuchar smiling.
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LPGA schedule features 34 events, record purse
The LPGA played for $65 million in total prize money in 2017.
Here is the LPGA's schedule for 2018:
Jan. 25-28: Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic; Paradise Island, Bahamas; Purse: $1.4 million
Feb. 15-18: ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open; Adelaide, Australia; Purse: $1.3 million
Feb. 21-24: Honda LPGA Thailand; Chonburi, Thailand; Purse: $1.6 million
March 1-4: HSBC Women's World Championship; Singapore; Purse: $1.5 million
March 15-18: Bank of Hope Founders Cup; Phoenix, Arizona; Purse: $1.5 million
March 22-25: Kia Classic; Carlsbad, California; Purse: $1.8 million
March 29 - April 1: ANA Inspiration; Rancho Mirage, California; Purse: $2.8 million
April 11-14: LOTTE Championship; Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii; Purse: $2 million
April 19-22: HUGEL-JTBC Championship; Greater Los Angeles, California; Purse: $1.5 million
April 26-29: Name to be Announced; San Francisco, California; Purse: $1.5 million
May 3-6: Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic; The Colony, Texas; Purse: $1.3 million
May 17-20: Kingsmill Championship; Williamsburg, Virginia; Purse: $1.3 million
May 24-27: LPGA Volvik Championship; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Purse: $1.3 million
May 31 - June 3: U.S. Women's Open Championship; Shoal Creek, Alabama; Purse: $5 million
June 8-10: ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer; Galloway, New Jersey; Purse: $1.75 million
June 14-17: Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Purse: $2 million
June 22-24: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G; Rogers, Arkansas; Purse: $2 million
June 28 - July 1: KPMG Women's PGA Championship; Kildeer, Illinois; Purse: $3.65 million
July 5-8: Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic; Oneida, Wisconsin; Purse: $2 million
July 12-15: Marathon Classic presented by Owens-Corning and O-I; Sylvania, Ohio; Purse: $1.6 million
Aug. 2-5: Ricoh Women's British Open; Lancashire, England; Purse: $3.25 million
Aug. 23-26: CP Women's Open; Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; Purse: $2.25 million
Aug. 30 - Sept. 2: Cambia Portland Classic; Portland, Oregon; Purse: $1.3 million
Sept. 13-16: The Evian Championship; Evian-les-Bains, France; Purse: $3.85 million
Sept. 27-30: Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Purse: $1.8 million
Oct. 4-7: UL International Crown; Incheon, Korea; Purse: $1.6 million
Oct. 11-14: LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship; Incheon, Korea; Purse: $2 million
Oct. 18-21: Name to be Announced; Shanghai, China; Purse: $2.1 million
Nov. 2-4: TOTO Japan Classic; Shiga, Japan; Purse: $1.5 million
Nov. 7-10: Blue Bay LPGA; Hainan Island, China; Purse: $2.1 million
Nov. 15-18: CME Group Tour Championship; Naples, Florida; Purse: $2.5 million
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