Matt Kuchar continued what's looking like a career year on Thursday and early Friday with an exceptional 5-under 67 opening round at the PGA Championship that left him, briefly, all alone atop the leaderboard.
Kuchar still looks like a kid, but he's a grown man now, and -- at least at this writing -- is handling the wacky pressures of fog delay-play-fog delay-play quite well. He's all but cemented his first-ever spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team, and he appears well in control at Whistling Straits. (Oh, and he's all over the tee-shot exclamations, offering up, "Oh dear," "Jeepers," and "Oh baby!" as he teed off.)
Kuchar is the kind of guy you root for -- an amateur star way back during the Clinton administration, he turned pro in 2000 but fell all the way off the PGA Tour in 2006. It's safe to say now that he's back -- he's got three top 5s and eight top 10s, and he's now got his eye on a major.
He'll have competition -- at this writing early in the second round, three other golfers have caught up to him and share the lead -- but at this point, he's playing with house money. All in, baby.