Second-place Colonial finish gives Kuchar a FedEx Cup boost

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Matt Kuchar was disappointed with a runner-up finish to Boo Weekley on Sunday at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

But his 13-under total after a closing 68 gives him momentum as he enters a part of the season during which he’s historically played well.

After Kuchar’s back-of-the-pack finish at Colonial in 2010 , he ran off an amazing stretch of golf that saw him register six top-10 finishes and shoot to the top of the FedEx Cup standings.

Although he ran out of gas in a Tour Championship loss to Jim Furyk that year, finishing second, Sunday’s charge this year could signal great things ahead for the Georgia Tech alum.

“It’s funny, with these two weeks of my schedule, I get to spend a lot of great time with my instructor here,” Kuchar said. “We really work hard to get things tight and get ready for a stretch run.”

Kuchar played steady, but not flashy Sunday, making three birdies and a bogey for a solo second-place finish, one stroke behind Weekley.

A birdie at the 72nd hole helped him add some additional Cup points to jump from fifth overall to third, earning 300 points to total 1,422.

Getting within 1,000 points of leader Tiger Woods is significant considering the kind of summers Kuchar tends to produce.

“He’s playing outstanding golf and has such a huge lead,” Kuchar said. “The idea now is to get position [for the] playoffs, because the points get adjusted so much and then get yourself in a position to have four good rounds at the Tour Championship.”

After putting a 26th-place wrap on Colonial last season, he ran off four top 10s, including one at the Tour Championship to help him finish fifth in the Cup race.

Kuchar was disappointed in his finish Sunday from the standpoint of not winning a golf tournament he dearly loves.

He hit his irons unusually poor, leaving few birdie chances inside of 20 feet.

Kuchar made one birdie putt of 11 feet on No. 2, then missed three chances around 16 feet on Nos. 1, 11 and 13.

He had eight other opportunities around 20 feet, but made only the one at 18 and dropped in a 55-footer on No. 12.

“My wedge game was terrible today,” he said. “This is a place that I love coming to, a town that I love coming to, and I want to put my name on that wall, so it’s disappointing to come close.”

Kuchar is 52 points behind Brandt Snedeker and 918 behind Woods.

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