Kuchar wins multiple TOUR season-ending awardsNovember 14, 2010
PGA TOUR staff
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Matt Kuchar, who finished second in the final 2010 FedExCup standings on the strength of a victory at The Barclays and a PGA TOUR-best 11 top-10 finishes, clinched his first career PGA TOUR official money title and adjusted scoring average title as the TOUR's season officially ended Sunday at the Children's Miracle Network Classic.
In winning the PGA TOUR official money title over Jim Furyk by $100,855 with $4,910,477, Kuchar will receive the Arnold Palmer Award and join the FedExCup champion Furyk in receiving a 5-year PGA TOUR exemption through 2015.
In addition to the official money title, Kuchar will also take home the Byron Nelson Award for low adjusted scoring average (69.61) over Steve Stricker (69.66). Kuchar's .05 margin matched Sergio Garcia's (69.12) over Phil Mickelson (69.17) in 2008, the smallest since Fred Couples (69.59) edged Corey Pavin (69.63) by .04 in 1991.
"For me to go from a guy that just wanted to keep his card a few years ago, to winning the Byron Nelson and Arnold Palmer Awards, along with a chance to win the FedExCup, is pretty overwhelming," said Kuchar. "I owe credit to so many people, but certainly a great deal of it goes to my instructor, Chris O'Connell. Since we started working together in 2006, I've only gotten better.
Matt Kuchar's 2010 PGA TOUR season Events 1st 3rd 3rd Top-10 Made Cuts FedExCup rank Official Money (rank) Scoring Average (rank) 26 1 1 3 11 23 2nd $4,910,477 (1st) 69.61 (1st)
"It will be tough to follow this year up. You can go out and shoot a 62, but it's hard to follow up that 62 the next day with another great round. That's how I'm looking at next year, it will be quite a challenge. But the beautiful thing about golf is that there are so many aspects you can improve upon. You can always become a better putter of the ball, a better chipper of the ball, a better driver of the ball. So, I'll look at those as some of the immediate goals to improve upon, and if I can do that, I would hope to have a year next year similar to this one."