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Saturday, August 14, 2010

He's Our Hoochie-Kuchar Man

If the name sounds familiar but you can't place the title, "Hoochie-Coochie Man" is a classic blues song written by Willie Dixon and originally performed by the immortal Muddy Waters back in 1954. And while the song was intended to be humorous, there was nothing funny about Matt Kuchar's performance on Friday. (I didn't care for any of the Muddy Waters videos at YouTube. Instead, try this recent version by Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy on for size.)

All Kuchar did was post 67-69 in some of the worst weather this major has seen so far. His swing is a bit odd -- it's extremely flat for a 6'4" player -- but it worked well in this poor weather. (I originally did this post about his swing late last year.) With 8 Top-10s this year, his play this week can't really be considered a surprise. But can he hold on to win? That remains to be seen.

Among my picks, Rory McIlroy is three back and tied for 3rd. (I'm still feeling real good about picking him to win.) Also, Jim Furyk is five back at T13, with nine holes left in his 2nd round and perhaps some good scoring conditions Saturday morning.

In the "less to brag about" category, Hunter Mahan and Adam Scott are +1 and T62, but both are finished and should make the cut. My last pick, Anthony Kim, is at +2 (which would miss the cut) but has 11 holes left in his second round, so maybe all 5 of my picks will make the cut. That would be worth celebrating!

Since we still don't know for sure who will and won't make the cut, it's a little premature to make any predictions. At any rate, you can catch Matt Kuchar's song-and-dance act late Saturday afternoon. Hopefully we can see how this major's shaking out Sunday morning.

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