NAPA, Calif. – The winds kicked up during the final round of the Frys.com Open and claimed an unlikely victim – Matt Kuchar.
One of the highest-ranked players in the field this week, Kuchar began the day in a tie for third, five shots behind Sang-Moon Bae, and was expected to put some pressure on a relatively inexperienced leader. Instead, he went backwards from the start, with bogeys on three of his first four holes.
It added up to a 4-over 76, a score that beat only two players in the final round and one that dropped Kuchar into a tie for 21st.
“It was a tough day. It was really hard, particularly early,” he said. “It was really windy, and I just kind of got on the wrong side of things.”
Two weeks removed from the Ryder Cup, Kuchar’s typical accuracy deserted him amid the swirling breezes at Silverado, as he found just 11 of 18 greens in regulation during the final round and failed to make a birdie after the eighth hole.
“I hit a number of really good shots that just got penalized, almost,” he said. “It was a day where things just weren’t going my way.”