One mark of a good year is when it becomes more difficult to set goals. Such was the case of Matt Kuchar, who won the PGA Tour money title and the Vardon Trophy for the lowest adjusted scoring average in 2010.
Winning a major is the obvious goal, along with winning any tournament. But having finished second to Jim Furyk in the FedEx Cup last year, Kuchar's mission for 2011 became obvious.
"A goal of mine last year after finishing No. 1 on the money list, finishing No. 1 in stroke average — tough to kind of put new goals out there — finished second in the FedEx Cup. And I said, 'Well, I know I can go higher than that.' It's only one spot, but it's doable," Kuchar said. "So that's been a goal, to try to jump up that one more spot."
He is off to a decent start.
Kuchar began the playoffs at No. 12 — the highest seed of any player who failed to win this year — and was runner-up to Dustin Johnson at The Barclays, which moved him to No. 2 in the FedEx Cup standings.
"Now I've put myself in position where a few more good weeks and I've got the Tour Championship to try to get in that No. 1 spot for the FedEx Cup," he said.