Matt Kuchar hasn’t won a PGA Tour even since the 2014 RBC.
But don’t feel sorry for Kuch. He’s won nearly $44 million in his 17 seasons on tour, highest-earning player without a major championship.
Kuch is down in Mexico at the Mayakoba Classic. Why not? What else is there to do? After all Georgia Tech isn’t exactly tearing things up on the football field this fall.
Kuchar found things at El Camaelon to his liking Thursday and posted a seven-under par 64 to grab a piece of the first round lead with Kramer Kickock and Dominic Bozzelli, not your basic household names.
By Sunday, this thing could look a lot like last year’s event. Defending champion Patton Kizzire once again showed that this is one of two courses on tour that he can actually play well on — he opened with 65 while the guy he beat last year is right there. Rickie Fowler got off and running with a five-under par 66.
Kizzire had plenty of company at six-under. Fifteen players joined him there thanks to no wind and perfect scoring conditions.
No every big name played well. Jordan Spieth looked very much like the Jordan Spieth of last season. He struggled, shot even par 71 and that left him tied for 91st.
As for Kuchar, he’s in position to actually get a victory and it seems those come every three years or so. It’s been a while, so the question that remains is can Kuch keep this up?
In the meantime, it’s a good thing that Mrs. Kuchar was on hand watching her husband’s first-round proceedings. Zach Johnson’s caddie, Damon Green, got hit by the Mexican heat and Sybi Kuchar stepped up and toted Zach’s bag the final four holes Thursday.