Kuchar Leads WM Phoenix Open After First Round

Matt Kuchar is the first round leader at the Waste Management Phoenix Open after firing a 7-under 64 at TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course. Kuchar is up one-stroke on defending champion Hideki Matsuyama and Brendan Steele, who are both at 6-under and tied for 2nd place.

 
Playing in the afternoon’s marquee group, along with fellow Olympians Patrick Reed and Bubba Watson, the 38-year-old Kuchar was bogey-free on his round, with 5 birdies and 1 eagle.

John Peterson, Robert Garrigus, Scott Brown, Byeong Hun An and Chris Kirk are tied for 4th at 5-under.

Top 10

1 Matt Kuchar -7
T2 Hideki Matsuyama, Brendan Steele -6
T4 John Peterson, Robert Garrigus, Scott Brown, Byeong Hun An, Chris Kirk -5
T9 Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka, J.B. Holmes, Steve Stricker, Martin Laird, Webb Simpson, Graham DeLaet, Alex Cejka -4

Notables

T18 Phil Mickelson -3
T28 Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson -2
T38 Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson, Jon Rahm -1
T54 Patrick Reed, Daniel Berger, Ryan Moore E
T76 Keegan Bradley, Andrew Johnson +1
T110 Russell Knox +3
T120 Si Woo Kim +4
WD Pat Perez

Key To Success

The key to Kuchar’s round was his ability to avoid any big numbers. After starting out with two birdies, Kuchar parred 8 straight holes – 3 through 10. This conservative, error-free stretch allowed Kuchar’s good string of holes (11-17) to count that much more. For the day, the Bronze medal winner in Rio was on target, hitting 12 of 14 fairways (85%) and 16 of 18 greens (89%).

Best Stretch

Kuchar’s best run of the day was a seven-hole stretch from 11-17, where the Georgia Tech alum went 5-under with 3 birdies, 3 pars, and an eagle.

Quote

“Got off to a great start. It was nice. This is my first event for the year. To start off birdie-birdie was a great way to start 2017 for me. It kept going. I drove the ball really well, which around here, you just have to do. There is decent rough and desert out there to try to avoid. I did a great job of that. Drove it well. From there, just played good, steady golf. Had a lot of chances. It was a fun round of golf. To play in front of so many people to get the buzz and energy out here. It’s great fun.”
Matt Kuchar,First Round Leader, WM Phoenix Open

Full Leaderboard

RankName1T
1Matt Kuchar64-7
2Hideki Matsuyama65-6
2Brendan Steele65-6
4John Peterson66-5
4Robert Garrigus66-5
4Scott Brown66-5
4Byeong-Hun An66-5
4Chris Kirk66-5
9Rickie Fowler67-4
9J.B. Holmes67-4
9Brooks Koepka67-4
9Steve Stricker67-4
9Alex Cejka67-4
9Martin Laird67-4
9Webb Simpson67-4
9Graham DeLaet67-4
9Sung Kang-4-4
18Marc Leishman68-3
18Louis Oosthuizen68-3
18Vaughn Taylor68-3
18Chad Collins68-3
18Lucas Glover68-3
18Charlie Beljan68-3
18Ryo Ishikawa68-3
18Phil Mickelson68-3
18Michael Kim-3-3
18Kevin Na-3-3
28Cameron Smith69-2
28Ben Crane69-2
28Shane Lowry69-2
28William McGirt69-2
28Morgan Hoffmann69-2
28Ken Duke69-2
28Mark Hubbard69-2
28Justin Thomas69-2
28Bubba Watson69-2
28Brian Harman69-2
38Harold Varner III70-1
38Blayne Barber70-1
38Jon Rahm70-1
38Jordan Spieth70-1
38Billy Horschel70-1
38Tyrone Van Aswegen70-1
38John Huh70-1
38Jim Knous70-1
38Boo Weekley70-1
38Jason Kokrak70-1
38Geoff Ogilvy70-1
38Seung-yul Noh70-1
38J.J. Henry70-1
38Zach Johnson70-1
38Mark Wilson70-1
38Brandon Hagy-1-1
54Chad Campbell71E
54Roberto Castro71E
54Kevin Chappell71E
54Kevin Streelman71E
54Daniel Berger71E
54Fabian Gomez71E
54Ben Martin71E
54Scott Piercy71E
54Hunter Mahan71E
54Camilo Villegas71E
54J.J. Spaun71E
54Sean O'Hair71E
54Daniel Summerhays71E
54Spencer Levin71E
54Ollie Schniederjans71E
54Adam Hadwin71E
54Brian Stuard71E
54Patrick Reed71E
54Brian Gay71E
54Ryan Moore71E
54Patton Kizzire71E
54Russell Henley71E
76Ryan Palmer721
76C.T. Pan721
76Zac Blair721
76David Hearn721
76Tony Finau721
76Gary Woodland721
76K.J. Choi721
76Keegan Bradley721
76Jason Bohn721
76Chez Reavie721
76Grayson Murray721
76Jonas Blixt721
76Matt Jones721
76Greg Chalmers721
76Retief Goosen721
76James Hahn721
76Robert Streb721
76Emiliano Grillo721
76Padraig Harrington721
76Jim Herman721
76Charley Hoffman721
76Bud Cauley721
76Jamie Lovemark721
76Kyle Stanley721
76Andrew Johnston11
101Kyle Reifers732
101Luke Donald732
101Carl Pettersson732
101Harris English732
101Willy Wilcox732
101Cody Gribble732
101Patrick Rodgers732
101Shawn Stefani732
101Wesley Bryan22
110Steven Bowditch743
110Nick Taylor743
110Mackenzie Hughes743
110Rod Pampling743
110Aaron Baddeley743
110Danny Lee743
110Bryce Molder743
110Matt Every743
110Russell Knox743
110Troy Merritt743
120Jon Curran754
120Brett Stegmaier754
120Cameron Tringale754
120Steve Marino754
120Si Woo Kim754
120Craig Hocknull44
126Smylie Kaufman765
126Ricky Barnes765
126Alex Kim55
129Luke List776
130Andrew Loupe809
130Michael Schoolcraft99
-Pat Perez-WD

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