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August 25 2013

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The skinny on Kuchar and Woodland

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Gary Woodland is looking for his third PGA TOUR victory.

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Gary Woodland and Matt Kuchar represented the United States and won the 2011 World Cup in China.

The two will play together again on Sunday at Liberty National, only this time, they'll be trying to beat each other and win The Barclays. A win would give Kuchar the No. 1 spot in the FedExCup standings heading into next week's second Playoffs event while Woodland could rise as high as third.

Here are some interesting facts about the two men who own the lead at 12 under. 
 
>>> Matt Kuchar has held or shared a 54-hole lead three times previously in his career and has gone on to win two of those events: 2009 Turning Stone Resort Championship (tied for the lead through three rounds) and 2013 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance. He also led the 2013 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial through three rounds (finished runner-up, one stroke behind winner Boo Weekley).

>>> Gary Woodland has never held the outright lead at a PGA TOUR stroke-play event. He has shared the lead three previous times: after round 1 of the 2011 Children's Miracle Network Classic, eventually tying for 12th; and after the third and fourth round of the 2011 Bob Hope Classic, eventually finishing tied for second. The Bob Hope Clasic is a 90-hole event. Woodland's most recent win, the 2013 Reno-Tahoe Open, uses a Modified Stableford scoring format. He was leading by seven points entering the final round and won by nine.
 
>>> Kuchar's four other PGA TOUR wins have been come-from-behind victories, including his win at The Barclays in 2010. Kuchar was five strokes down to Martin Laird starting the final-round and shot a 66 to force a playoff with Laird, which he eventually won on the first hole. Kuchar's win tied the tournament record for largest come-from-behind victory (Bobby Nichols, 1973; Vijay Singh, 1993). 

>>> A win this week would make Kuchar only the second player to win the same FedExCup Playoffs event more than once (Tiger Woods: 2007, 2009 BMW Championship). He would join a list of seven other players with more than one Playoffs event win: Tiger Woods (3); Steve Stricker (2); Vijay Singh (2); Dustin Johnson (2); Camilo Villegas (2); Rory McIlroy (2); and Phil Mickelson (2).

>>> With a win this week at The Barclays, Woodland would join Tiger Woods (5), Kuchar (2), Brandt Snedeker (2) and Phil Mickelson (2) as the only multiple winners on TOUR this season.

>>> Kuchar enters the FedExCup Playoffs at No. 2 in the standings, the highest in the rankings he has ever begun the Playoffs. Kuchar has been one of the most consistent players on the PGA TOUR since 2009, with five of his six career wins and 41 top-10 finishes. The Georgia Tech grad recorded his first multi-win season in 2013 with wins at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship and the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance.
 
>>> Kuchar’s best finish in the FedExCup came in 2010 (the year he won The Barclays) when he finished No. 2 behind Jim Furyk. At The Barclays in 2009 – at Liberty National – Kuchar tied for 28th. Since the 2010 Quail Hollow Championship, Kuchar has only missed three cuts in his last 79 PGA TOUR starts.

>>> Woodland, a two-time winner on the PGA TOUR (2011 Tampa Bay Championship, 2013 Reno-Tahoe Open), is looking to reach the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola for the second time in his career, having finished the 2011 FedExCup Playoffs 17th in the standings the only other time he qualified for the FedExCup Playoffs.

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