Kuchar in another high-profile group

Wednesday, April 06, 2011
By Garry Smits
Morris News Service

Matt Kuchar was grouped with Tiger Woods in the first two rounds of the Masters last year, dealing with the accompanying media hoopla surrounding Woods' first start of the year after revelations of his extramarital scandal.


(Associated Press)

This year, Kuchar is playing with the world's top two ranked players, Martin Kaymer of Gemany and Lee Westwood of England.

Kuchar doesn't wonder what's up with the club's scheduling. To him, it's another opportunity.

"What are you going to do? Not play with them?" Kuchar asked. "It's no big deal, either last year or this year. You get a chance to play in the Masters, and you don't really worry too much about who they put you with."

Kuchar, the next highest-ranked American in the world after Phil Mickelson and Woods, said he welcomes the chance to play with Kaymer and Westwood.

"I haven't been grouped with them a lot ... maybe one or two times each," said the Georgia Tech graduate. "Obviously they're playing very well to be ranked where they are."