PARAMUS, N.J. – As it turns out, Matt Kuchar has a failed search for a Slip 'N Slide to blame for the back injury that kept him out of the PGA Championship two weeks ago.
“We were having a party at the house – a bunch of people over, a bunch of kids over,” he said Tuesday. “I was in charge of hooking up the Slip 'N Slide for the kids. Walked around, all of Target, all of Wal-Mart, couldn’t find one. Sat in the car for about an hour fighting traffic and when I got back, I thought, 'Boy, my back doesn’t feel very good right now.'”
That was Tuesday of the PGA. He rested on Wednesday, but couldn’t get loose before Thursday’s opening round and wound up withdrawing prior to his morning tee time.
Considering how a debilitating back injury has affected frequent practice round partner Tiger Woods, Kuchar admitted that it was a scary feeling.
“Whenever you’re ill, injured, it crosses your mind that you may never be healthy again,” he said. “Now I’m healthy and I think I’m never going to get injured again.”
Kuchar is indeed in this week’s Barclays field and, yes, feeling better.
“I feel like I’m 100 percent. It’s funny how little setbacks can feel so different to you.”