Matt Kuchar commits to play Australian Open

Australian Open organizers have announced that Matt Kuchar will play in the 2018 Australian Open to be held at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney.

The 2018 Australian Open has been given a boost with the news that American Matt Kuchar will contest the Stonehaven Trophy.

To be played at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney from 15-18 November, Kuchar will return to Australia to play for the first time since 2013 when he finished runner-up at the Australian Masters and finished top-5 at the World Cup of Golf.

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“I’m really looking forward to being a part of the championship in Sydney,” Kuchar said. “There is always a real buzz around the Australian Open and I can’t wait to have another shot at winning the Stonehaven Cup.”

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More from the press release via Australian Golf Media:

Affectionately known around the golf world as “Kuch”, the softly spoken Georgian will play the Australian Open for the third time having made his debut in 2000 at Kingston Heath Golf Club and then playing again in 2011 at The Lakes.

The world No.31 is in the midst of another strong season on the PGA Tour, with four top-10 finishes to date, including his second consecutive top-10 finish at The Open Championship.

Kuchar, 40, has been a fixture in the world top 30 for eight years, with much of that time spent in the top 10. He reached a career-high No.4 several times, most recently in July 2014 and won the US PGA Tour’s money list in 2010.

He won a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, lifted the World Cup with countryman Gary Woodland in 2011 and won the 2012 Players Championship and 2013 WGC-Accenture Match Play.

He posted top-10 finishes at three of the four majors in 2017, including his runner-up finish at Royal Birkdale, and impressively has 11 top-10 finishes in majors since 2010.

Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt was delighted to have Kuchar return to Australia.

“Matt has won a lot of admirers during his previous visits and I know there’ll be many happy fans to whom this news will be very exciting,” Pitt said. “The Open is always a great sporting and social week and I encourage people to book their tickets early to ensure they won’t miss the action.”

The Emirates Australian Open is supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

The Emirates Australian Open is a flagship tournament on the ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia. The winner will receive a minimum of 32 Official World Golf Ranking points.

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