Matt Kuchar tied for third at the Masters.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - If Matt Kuchar is still trying to erase his agony at Augusta, this could be the perfect week for it.

Kuchar is one of few marquee names at the Texas Open that starts Thursday. That could bode well for his chances after his near miss at the Masters two weeks ago, when he finished in a tie for third.

Johnson Wagner and defending champion Brendan Steele are the other headliners in a field lacking star power. Tournament officials hope for a stronger turnout in 2013 when the PGA makes the Texas Open the tuneup to the Masters.

Kuchar is the world's 15th-ranked golfer. He calls TPC San Antonio one of the tour's toughest courses but said Wednesday that scheduling mostly decides where and when the sport's big names play.

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