When Matt Kuchar hangs up his Skechers, he might have a future as a media official.
With the U.S. team assembled in the media center following their 19-11 thrashing of the Internationals, Matt Kuchar elected to play the part of official, posing questions to his teammates.
Kuchar started by throwing a couple of softballs Presidents Cup rookie Daniel Berger’s way, at which point Dustin Johnson cut in and asked Jordan Spieth about his abysmal Presidents Cup singles record.
“Golden Child here needs a little jab once in awhile,” DJ said.
Kuchar then tried to set the record for shortest post-win presser in tour history by saying
“Well, if there are no further questions, I think we’re done.”
Amanda Herrington stepped in for the PGA Tour and restored order. Kuchar wasn’t done clowning, however. When his turn at the mic came, he decided to wind Phil Mickelson up (the only team member who didn’t make it to the Tour Championship).
MATT KUCHAR: This team was just an amazing bunch of guys, amazing performance. Everybody was on great form. For us to have — we had 11 guys in the Tour Championship; everybody except Phil Mickelson was at East Lake (laughter).
It was like, how many times does it happen that you get 11 out of 12. If it was only for Phil, we would have had 12 of 12, but Phil was not there. So if we just — we were one guy short of having an entire team there (laughter) and if Phil was there, that would have been the whole team. Like how many times does a team ever have that many guys play that well to make the tour champion?
Mickelson, for his part, surprisingly didn’t have a great rebuttal.
PHIL MICKELSON: Gave me a chance to go home and work on my game in case it did come down to my singles match, you know.
MATT KUCHAR: Justin, tell him how great East Lake was (laughter).
Well played, Kuch. Kuchar gets plenty of guff on social media for his Sketchers sponsorship, G-rated cursing, and back-door top-10 finishes. But the guy is funny. Like, you might actually want to hang out with him.
Ultimately, if you’re a fan of the United States squad, you can happily file all of this away as a team-building exercise for the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National.