For his second-place finish in the British Open, Matt Kuchar leaves Royal Birkdale with a check worth $1,067,000.
And without the Claret Jug.
That’s a painful reality for someone who has earned more money than any current player — about $40 million — without a major championship to his name. When the wheels were coming off Jordan Spieth’s game Sunday, Kuchar finally saw his dreams coming into focus.
When Spieth got in trouble on No. 13, missing the fairway by about 100 yards to the right, Kuchar waited for 21 minutes while the situation was sorted out and knew opportunity was knocking.
“We knew we were going to be there for awhile,” said Kuchar, who was standing...