Kuchar can thrive on day two
David John likes Matt Kuchar to win his threeball on Friday and should be backed against Lee Westwood and Henrik Stenson.
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The early starters in round one at the US Open had perfect opportunity to take advantage of Pinehurst and they will now have to experience the drier, hotter conditions as they jostle for position heading into the weekend.
I think that Matt Kuchar has the mindset and the game right now to build on his opening round of 69 and looks worth an interest at Sky Bet's 6/4 to come out on top against Henrik Stenson and Lee Westwood.
Kuchar started very well and got to three-under par through his front nine and even started to believe he could go bogey free.
A couple of late slips scuppered that hope but he admitted in his post-round interview that he loves the strategy and course management required at Pinehurst.
He also seems to be able to rise to the challenge of knowing when to be aggressive - there are opportunities for sure - and his general laid-back approach to any setback is ideal at the year's second major.
Stenson matched Kuchar's score and feels he is playing as well as at any time this year but still feels some fatigue after last season's heroics and a Friday afternoon in this event is going to be another test for the Swede.
Westwood could only manage a 75 after a bad start, a mid-round rally and then a further late collapse. He has nothing to lose but may need to force more than he would like to make the cut and that could lead to problems.