Kuchar spurred on by Players win

May 17, 2012
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Matt Kuchar has revealed his victory at last week's Players Championship has fuelled his ambition to become the top-ranked player in the world.

Kuchar moved up to fifth place in the rankings on the back of his victory at Sawgrass, the highest he has ever been in the standings.

The 33-year-old American came in for criticism in some quarters when he decided to make changes to his swing and putting stroke last year but his results have been better than ever this season.

After narrowly missing out victory at last month's US Masters, Kuchar beat a world-class field to win golf's richest tournament last week and is full of optimism for the future.

Having seen Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy all claim the number one position in the last 18 months, he said: "For a long time it seemed like Tiger Woods had a stronghold on the position and that number two was the thing you had to play for.

"So it's exciting to have movement at that number one spot, to have a shot at being the best. As a golfer, it's one of the things we all strive for. To be the best of the best, to actually be number one in the world, would be an honour."

Kuchar is hoping to make further inroads on current world number one McIlroy's lead over the next four days at the Byron Nelson Championship, which he is 12/1 to win.

This week's field boasts the likes of Phil Mickelson who is at 12/1, Ernie Els at 28/1 and Vijay Singh at 80/1 but, having not missed a cut all year and finished in the top ten five times in his last seven events, no one is in better form than the four-time PGA Tour winner.

Kuchar added: "I'm very pleased at the path my golf game has followed. I wouldn't want to be the guy that wins once or twice a year and misses ten or 12 cuts.

"I always wanted to be the guy that was there, ready to bust out with a win and had a lot of chances during the year."

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