Matt Kuchar arrived on the national golf scene in 1997, when he won the U.S. Amateur while a student at Georgia Tech. That victory earned him an exemption into the 1998 Masters and U.S. Open, where he finished as low amateur in both. It also forced him to make a decision: return to school and finish his eligibility or become a professional and become an instant millionaire. Kuchar opted to return to Tech. He turned professional in 2000 and has become one of the top players on the PGA Tour.
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