American golfer Matt Kuchar's trips Down Under have been few and far between since making his professional debut at the 2000 Australian Open. Three years later, he returned for his honeymoon on Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef.
Kuchar is back for the Australian Open at The Lakes and next week's Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne and he's got company - his wife, Sybi, their two sons, Kuchar's parents and his in-laws. The family tour stopped in Bora Bora on the way over from the U.S. and spent a few days at the famed Cape Kidnappers course in New Zealand.
Kuchar said ''it's a great way to get back in the game, have a couple of weeks off, then a little bit of a warmup.''
Although Kuchar has earned $9 million over the past two years, he's winless this year. He's among a strong American contingent this week: eight of the 12 U.S. team members for the Presidents Cup are in the Australian Open field.
Kuchar finished tied for second in the Memorial and was second in The Barclays.