Kuchar (back) withdraws from PGA Championship


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Matt Kuchar withdrew from the PGA Championship on Thursday, citing back pain as the reason.

He notified tournament officials of his decision minutes before his 9:05 a.m. ET tee time at Valhalla Golf Club. He was replaced by first-alternate John Huh, who had spent the early part of the week waiting to see if Tiger Woods, also hampered by a bad back, would compete.

Kuchar tied for 12th place last week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and was one of the favorites to contend here this week as he looked for his first major championship victory. He has six career top-10 finishes in major championships, all coming since 2010.

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At fifth in U.S. Ryder Cup standings, Kuchar is a lock to make the team. The top nine at the end of the PGA Championship automatically qualify for the team.

Kuchar's best PGA finish is a tie for 10th in 2010 at Whistling Straits. It's one of his six career top-10 finishes in majors.