Current world ranking: 6
So far this year: Kuchar has been his usual boring, consistent self, posting 10 top 20s in 14 starts. Scott Hoch's nickname used to be "the human ATM," for consistent play that always had him cashing a tournament check, but Kuchar may be taking over the nickname the way he's been playing. His last two finishes were a T-2 at the Memorial and T-6 at Colonial. Despite the strong form, he still doesn't have a win this year.
Record at the U.S. Open: Kuchar doesn't have a great track record at the U.S. Open. Aside from finishing T-6 last year, he's missed the cut in five of his last eight appearances. However, the stats are skewed a bit when you consider most of those MC's came prior to Kuchar hitting his stride over the last few years.
Why he could win: Because the guy is a fairways and greens machine, and you need that kind of game to contend on the most grueling stage in golf. Kuchar seems to play his best golf when the stakes are the highest -- see his playoff win last year at the Barclays -- so it's easy to see why he could be a great choice to win at Congressional.
Why he could fall short: Kuchar's consistency could be his downfall. While he's always in the mix, he seems to have trouble grabbing the lead and winning. You have to wonder if he has that killer instinct needed to win a major, or if he's happy posting top 10s and cashing a nice check. Until we see how he handles a major lead, he's still a slight question mark.
Our take: I think Kuchar has the game and the mindset to win the U.S. Open. Sure, he doesn't have a lot of history leading a major championship, but based on his track record and consistency over the last couple of years, I love his chances. Expect Kuchar to get close on Sunday but fall short with a solid top-3 finish. How predictable.
Your turn, folks. Is Kuchar a good pick, or will it be a disappointing week for one of the most consistent guys in golf?