WITH less than two weeks to go until the US Open Matt Kuchar is in a fantastic vein of form.
The 35-year-old American won the Memorial Tournament on Sunday by two strokes to gain his second PGA Tour win of the season.
Kuchar played poorly last week in the final round at Colonial, though still only finished a shot behind winner Boo Weekley.
I was surprised to learn this was the first time he’s won more than once in the same season, because he’s really come of age in the last five or six years.
Kuchar has elevated himself in that time and become one of the most consistent performers around.
By contrast, England’s Justin Rose had a bad last day, shooting 73 to finish tied for eighth place.
But his season has been fantastic and he’s one of the best players on the Tour at the moment. I tipped him to win a Major this year and when you swing like he does you’ve always got a chance.
Tiger Woods had a very bad day at the office on Saturday, carding 79, which included a score of 44 on the back nine. That third round score was the joint-highest in his career, away from the Majors, so it’s not something he is used to.
But he won’t panic and squeeze in another tournament this week in order to get extra practice. He is not going to change his schedule so close to the US Open.
In Sweden, Mikko Ilonen had a great win by three shots from Jonas Blixt, his first for six years on the European Tour.
The exciting Italian, Matteo Manassero, was two shots ahead after two rounds and such is his form at the moment it was a surprise he didn’t go on to win.
Manassero tied for fourth place, five shots off the pace, but there can be no doubting his considerable talent. The sky’s the limit.
I will be playing in my first tournament in seven months this week in Cheshire at the ISPS Handa PGA Seniors Championship.
I feel excellent and I can’t wait to get out there and play. I’ll be up there trying to win, it will be a good field though with Ian Woosnam fancying his chances too.
Sam Torrance OBE is a multiple Ryder Cup-winning golfer and media commentator. Follow him on Twitter @torrancesam