Kuchar cards second straight 66


NORTON, Mass. – Among the more consistent players on the PGA Tour, Matt Kuchar has lived up to that billing through two rounds at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Kuchar carded his second consecutive round of 5-under 66 Saturday at TPC Boston, and at 10-under 132 found himself three shots behind leader Sergio Garcia upon signing his scorecard. With ideal conditions and a receptive course for a second consecutive day, he was glad to keep pace with the elite field that has gathered.

“It’s been a good couple of days of scoring,” explained Kuchar, who recorded six second-round birdies against just a single bogey. “You’re looking at the top 100 players in the world out here. Guys are going to shoot some good scores.”

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Already a winner twice this year on Tour, Kuchar is in the midst of a rather lengthy stretch of solid finishes, with top-30 results in each of his last eight starts dating back to May. While he is often more known for his tee-to-green efficiency, the former Georgia Tech product explained that it’s been another part of his game this week in Boston that has led to his success.

“My short game really kept me in it. My wedges have been great,” noted Kuchar, who has hit 24 of 36 greens in regulation through two rounds but has taken just 49 putts. “I’ve managed when I can take advantage, and I’ve certainly taken advantage of the holes where I have a short iron in my hand.”

Entering the week fourth in the FedEx Cup points race, Kuchar hopes to add a season-long title to his Players Championship from 2012 and his WGC win earlier this season.

“This is an exciting time of year. I kind of realized how the FedEx Cup Playoffs work,” he added. “You want to put yourself in good position, and then really hope to have a great Tour Championship.”