August 07, 2014
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
- Matt Kuchar, who ranks fourth in the FedExCup, withdrew minutes before his tee time at Valhalla. (Shamus/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- While all eyes were watching Tiger Woods to see how his ailing back held up, Matt Kuchar decided the pain in his own was such that he couldn't tee it up at Valhalla this week.
Kuchar was minutes away from his 9:05 tee time when he decided to withdraw from the 96th PGA Championship. He was replaced in the field by John Huh, which now leaves Robert Garrigus as the first alternate.
Huh took Kuchar's spot in the threesome with Louis Oosthuizen and Justin Rose.
Kuchar, who won the RBC Heritage earlier this year, ranks fourth in the FedExCup with the Playoffs beginning in two weeks at The Barclays in Paramus, N.J. He has finished sixth or better in the season-long competition in three of the last four years.
Kuchar also ranks fifth in the Ryder Cup standings. But he had already clinched his spot on Tom Watson's team for the matches Sept. 23-28 at Gleneagles.