Father’s Day at U.S. Open Could Be Special for Kuchar Duo
One of the great U.S. Open traditions is the final round is always played on Father’s Day. This year, it could be quite the day for the Kuchars – 1997 U.S. Amateur champion/nine-time PGA Tour winner Matt and his 15-year-old son Cameron. Both have a chance to be playing at The Los Angeles Country Club. Matt, who missed playing in the U.S. Open last year for the first time since 2007, is scheduled to compete in 36-hole final qualifying in Columbus, Ohio, on June 5. Cameron, a high school sophomore, also advanced to the final-qualifying stage, shooting a 3-under 69 at Wellington Country Club, in West Palm Beach, Fla., to garner one of the five available spots at his 18-hole local qualifier on May 1. Cameron is currently slated to play his 36-hole final qualifier at Pine Tree Golf Club, in Boynton Beach, Fla.
Twenty-five years ago at The Olympic Club in San Francisco with his father, Pete, on the bag, Matt was the low amateur, tying for 14th.
Six known father/son tandems have competed in the same U.S. Open, the last being Jay and Bill Haas in 2004 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, where both made the cut and were nearly paired together for Sunday’s final round.