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FEDEXCUP

As the 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season reached mid-May, Matt Kuchar was atop the FedExCup standings with Brooks Koepka in second-place and more of golf’s best players in close pursuit of a coveted title to be decided before Labor Day By Bill Fields

Matt Kuchar had reason to smile after winning the 2018 Mayakoba Golf Classic, his first victory since 2014.

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Thanks to two victories and trademark consistency, Matt Kuchar led the FedExCup standings through the PGA Championship in mid-May.

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t had been more than four years since Matt Kuchar’s most recent PGA TOUR victory when the 40-year-old won the Mayakoba Golf Classic last November. After rediscovering the winning touch for his eighth career title, he didn’t wait long to lift another trophy, at the Sony Open in Hawaii in January. Those two victories—along with more of the trademark consistency that Kuchar carried even during his winless stretch—put him in great shape in the FedExCup standings as the season moved into late May. Kuchar’s two wins, plus five additional top-10 finishes, helped place the Florida native No. 1 in the points race through the conclusion of the PGA Championship. Kuchar had 2,110 points, followed by the rest of the top 10: Brooks Koepka (1,856), Xander Schauffele (1,615), Rory McIlroy (1,612), Dustin Johnson (1,572), Paul Casey (1,398), Rickie Fowler (1,219), Gary Woodland (1,182), Jon Rahm (1,136) and Charles Howell III

(1,100). Defending FedExCup Champion Justin Rose, seeking to become the first Champion to successfully repeat, was just a bit further behind in 11th place. An added incentive this season is the Wyndham Rewards Top 10 prize bonus pool designed to reward the top-10 performers of the FedExCup Regular Season, who will share a $10 million prize pool. Of the top 10, all but Woodland had won at least once in 2018-19 and everyone had at least four top-10 finishes. “I’m tickled—thrilled—to have won two events this early in the year,” Kuchar said following his victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii. “To have won two out of three starts on the PGA TOUR is mind boggling to me. [It] absolutely sets up the year to be in great position for the FedExCup. There is a lot of year left, and a lot of great things that are out there to be done.” Kuchar’s success came after he ended the previous season on a down note, failing to advance to the BMW Championhip in the PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2019, Part 2

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