By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Kuchar's name inevitably comes up whenever the discussion focuses on best active players without a major.
Maybe that ends this week.
"My game's in great shape," he said Tuesday. "It was so exciting to have won THE PLAYERS Championship, to have beaten maybe the best field in golf on one of the toughest golf courses we play all year.
"That helps a lot with confidence, with coming to a championship like this, with coming to a course that's this difficult and a field that's this good, to know that I've kind of been there and done it."
Kuchar has good vibes about the Olympic Club. He played in the U.S. Open here in 1998, earning low amateur honors with a tie for 14th.
He also thinks if he's going to break through with a major win, the U.S. Open might be his best chance. After all, staying out of trouble plays to his strengths. He ranks 10th in greens in regulation and 25th in driving accuracy on the PGA TOUR. Oh, he also leads the TOUR in scoring average.
Should he win this week, he’ll become the first player to claim THE PLAYERS and the U.S. Open in the same year.
"I think my temperament, my game, is suited very well for a U.S. Open," he said. "I think that I drive the ball accurately. I think I'm a guy that also can manage my game well enough to make a bunch of pars and not get on bogey trains or eliminate some of the biggest holes, bigger scores.
"So I definitely like my chances. I think a U.S. Open is a good fit for me."