When, as the US Amateur champion, Kuchar made the top 20 in the 1998 US Open at Olympic Club, it was perfectly feasible to imagine that he would go on win many big events. Just as he did at Sawgrass last month when holding his nerve to take a two-shot win in The Players Championship. Less easy to predict was all the barren years he had inbetween. Although the ever-smiling American posted a first US Tour win in 2002, he lost his way for much of the last decade until, in October 2009, he finally added a second when capturing the Turning Stone Resort Championship in a play-off. That sparked a sensational 2010 when he won the US Money List, boasted the lowest scoring average and made his Ryder Cup debut at Celtic Manor. Despite racking up the cash, the only real criticism was his lack of wins but he certainly addressed that with his victory at Sawgrass, a result which vaulted him up to fifth place in the world rankings.