Aug. 14, 2016
RIO DE JANEIRO – Matt Kuchar (Georgia Tech Class of 2000) shot a final-round 63 and won the bronze medal in the men’s golf competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics on Sunday.
Representing the United States of America, Kuchar carded rounds of 69, 70, 69 and 63 to finish 13-under-par for the 72-hole tournament, two strokes behind gold medalist Justin Rose (Great Britain) and one shot behind silver medalist Henrik Stenson (Sweden).
Kuchar began Sunday’s final round tied for seventh overall at five-under-par, four strokes out of medal contention. He played a flawless round on Sunday, recording six birdies, an eagle and no bogeys en route to his eight-under-par 63. The 63 tied the Olympic record and was the best final-round score of Kuchar’s professional career. He nearly set a new Olympic record with a 62 but his birdie putt on No. 18 came up just inches short of the hole.
— Golfweek Magazine (@GolfweekMag) August 15, 2016
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) August 14, 2016
OlympicGolf on the wish list for me and I hope anyone else who gets the chance in future to rep their 🇺🇸 on the world stage! #tokyo2020
— Ollie Schniederjans (@ollie_gt) August 14, 2016
— Georgia Tech Golf (@GT_GOLF) August 14, 2016
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Kuchar was a three-time All-American and two-time National Player of the Year at Georgia Tech from 1997-2000. He graduated from Tech in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in management. He is the first former Yellow Jacket to win an Olympic medal since Chris Bosh won gold as a member of the 2008 USA men’s basketball team in Beijing.
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