Memorial Tournament 2013: Win Is Sign of Things to Come for Matt Kuchar

Tim KeeneyContributor IJune 3, 2013

DUBLIN, OH - JUNE 02:  Matt Kuchar poses with the trophy after his two-stroke victory at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 2, 2013 in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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It's time we put Matt Kuchar in the conversation for best golfer in the world.

The 34-year-old may not be on the level of Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy, but as the world's two top-ranked golfers were crashing to 65th- and 57th-place finishes at Muirfield Village this weekend, it was "Kooch" who was cruising to a two-stroke victory at the Memorial. 

Kuchar is absolutely unconscious right now, as ESPN's Justin Ray pointed out on Friday:

All Kuchar did on the weekend was post two more rounds (extending his streak to nine) and six more strokes (putting him at -26 in that span) under par. 

The win is not only his second straight top-two finish after narrowly falling to Boo Weekley at the Crown Plaza Invitational last wee but also his second win of the season, something only Woods has accomplished. 

Now, I'm not exactly ready to jump ship on the bandwagon Tiger has worked so hard to get running again. One bad tournament shouldn't quell his four season wins and five straight top-five finishes. 

But as we currently reside, I'm not afraid to call Kuchar the second-best player in the world. 

His consistency is unrivaled. 

Since he reconstructed his swing in 2009, the burgeoning superstar has been a consummate force at nearly each and every major. Take a look at his finishes:

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013
The Masters T24 T27 T3 T8
U.S. Open T6 T14 T27  
The Open Championship T27 CUT T9  
PGA Championship T10 T19 CUT  

In his last 13 majors, Kuchar has five top-10 finishes and 11 top-30 finishes. That's amazingly efficient. 

Additionally, he leads the PGA Tour in top 10s since the start of 2010 and has now won both the Players and the Memorial, two of the bigger non-majors. 

Kuchar may not be the flashiest or most recognizable player on tour. Heck, even as he was transcending above the field this week in Ohio, they couldn't spell his name right

But it doesn't matter. He is one of the best, and a major victory is undoubtedly in his very near future—perhaps as near as the U.S. Open at Merion in a couple of weeks.