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Coming back on tour in 2007 he played well enough to keep his card, though barely. The next year he won $1.5 million, and the next year cracked the top 25.

Kuchar has already won twice this year, at the Match Play Championship and the Memorial, his sixth career win. He’s moved to No. 4 in the world golf rankings, and hasn’t missed a cut all year while averaging 69.84 strokes a round.

He’s a ball striker who rarely makes mistakes, and a putter who excels on fast greens, a combination that has oddsmakers and fans lining the fairways at Merion thinking he has a good shot to win his first major this week.

“I think (the) great thing about the game of golf is there’s no clear-cut favorites,” Kuchar said.