MARANA, Ariz. ' Following Matt Kuchars 7-and-5 loss to Hunter Mahan in the quarterfinals at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship on Saturday, he jokingly said, The only thing that will make me feel better is if I punch Nick Faldo in the back of the neck.
Some thought Kuchars comment was directed at Faldo because of the Golf Channel analysts take on the belly putter, which Kuchar began anchoring in his belly this season.
Its called a golf swing, not a golf anchor, Faldo said during Golf Channels State of the Game, which aired Friday. The amateurs, for the enjoyment of the game, let them do whatever they like. But for professionals, I think we should start looking at all our rules, or quite a few on the equipment, like the size of the driver face.
But Kuchar later told GTC that he intended the comment to be a joke and that he has no ill will toward the Englishman.
I think I have a silly sense of humor, and Nicks a big boy. I dont want any piece of him, Kuchar smiled. It couldve been anyone. It was meant to be funny. It was funny in my mind.
Kuchar caught up with Faldo in the Dove Mountain parking lot before leaving and apologized personally.
He said it was fine. Really, I meant nothing by it, Kuchar said.