After a captivating, thrilling and all-around strong performance at the 2012 Masters at Augusta National, Matt Kuchar proved that he'll be a force among golf's elite for many years.
Kuchar is no stranger to being competitive at the Masters. He won the 1998 amateur award at the Masters and also won the amateur championship of the US Open the same year.
He's had an impressive start to his 2012 season as well. Despite not winning a tournament yet this year, he has four consecutive top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour out of the seven events.
The 18th-ranked golfer in the world shouldn't have snuck up on anyone, but he was unknown by many fans tuning into golf's best tradition. It seemed like his Masters performance started to put his name on the map.
Kuchar hit more fairways than any other golfer in the tournament, and his tee-off mastery was his main driving force during the run he made this weekend at Augusta.
As if that wasn't enough, he displays a great game on the fairway and has a great feel for hitting the green at the perfect spot to set himself up for easy putts.
Kuchar's solid iron play was only a compliment to the fantastic putting he displayed on Augusta's tricky and speedy greens. He made the putts that he needed to make in order to stay among the pack, and he was right there until the last hole.
His crowd-favorite chant of "Kooooch!" has helped him to gain notoriety among the huge flock of fans at this weekend's Masters. He also displays a likable personality and a calm approach to his game, which will undoutedly help during the grueling upcoming tour.
Now fresh off his best performance ever as a golfer and his first top-five finish in his career, Kuchar will build off of this confidence boost and roll into the US Open knowing he has as good of a chance as anyone to win the year's second major.