Matt Kuchar has missed the cut at The Open on all but three occasions, but says that following consecutive top-15 finishes, he feels more confident each year at golf’s oldest Major Championship.
“I love coming over,” said Kuchar. “My record is not great here, but it’s turning in the right direction. The last two years have been much improved. I’ve always enjoyed the game and think my game is pretty well suited to The Open. So I’m not sure if I’m figuring out how to adjust better, how to play better or my game has just improved.
“I don’t know if I have any different expectations from the early days. Back then I was maybe a little more hoping I’d play well. Now, I’m much more confident that I am going to play well. I feel more comfortable playing links golf.”
Kuchar opted not to play the Scottish Open, and admits that he is still working out how to best prepare for The Open.
“I’m still learning there,” he said. “Two years ago I played the French Open and took a week off before The Open. Last year I played the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart. This year I had three weeks off, so I’m still trying to figure out the best way for me to properly prepare for The Open. My preparation could still be tweaked in future years to possibly playing the Scottish Open.”
The Scottish Open moved away from Loch Lomond in 2011 to Castle Stuart, and Kuchar believes the switch to links courses provides better preparation.
“It made sense to warm up on a proper links course,” he said. “I hear great things about Royal Aberdeen. I hear that’s a fantastic course and great prep for The Open.”