10 - 13 April

Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar: Will be playing in just his sixth Masters despite making his debut in 1998.

Matt Kuchar: Will be playing in just his sixth Masters despite making his debut in 1998.

Despite landing the US Money List in 2010 there were still question marks over Matt Kuchar's ability to win.

Fact Box

  • Kuchar was the low amateur at both The Masters (21st) and the US Open (14th) in 1998.
  • Those above two finishes were his best performances in the Majors until his sixth place in the 2010 US Open 12 years later.
  • Kuchar excels at table tennis and handed out regular beatings to his US Ryder Cup colleagues in their locker room at Celtic Manor.

His only victory that season came in the The Barclays - the first FedEx Cup play-off event - but, in truth, he was gifted it by a late collapse from Martin Laird.

But in the last couple of seasons Kuchar has started to win big.

In 2012 he captured the prestigious Players Championship at Sawgrass and earlier this year he landed the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

The next step is a major although he could so easily have won last year's Masters. Kuchar was tied for the lead on Sunday after an superb eagle on 15 but bogeyed 16 and finished a shot back.

Kuchar has played in just five Masters despite appearing in his first way back in 1998.

He qualified then as the US Amateur champion and, grinning his way through the whole experience, had a week to remember as he finished in a tie for 21st. That saw him finish as low amateur, a feat he repeated at the US Open later that year when tied 14th.

Kuchar played The Masters again in 1999 and 2002 before an eight-year break which coincided with a slump in fortunes that saw him drop to the Nationwide Tour for one season in 2006.

His return to Augusta in 2010 was reward for a big turnaround in fortunes, kick-started by victory in the Turning Stone Resort Championship at the back end of 2009.

He hasn't looked back since and four top 10s in his last 11 majors suggests he's now a serious contender at this level.

Matt's Vital Stats

  • DOB: 21/06/1978
  • Nationality: United States
  • Height: 6ft 4