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Kuchar could smile his way to Open title

Updated: June 13, 2013, 3:11 AM ET
Associated Press

(Also sent previously. With AP Photos.)

By TIM DAHLBERG

AP Sports Writer

ARDMORE, Pa. -- He was the smiling kid with his dad on the bag in his first U.S. Open, eager to be himself and not the guy he was following.

Matt Kuchar never expected to be the next Tiger Woods, mostly because even then he knew it wasn't possible. Winning the U.S. Amateur a year after Woods recorded his third straight amateur title got him into the 1998 Open, but it would be a long time before the ...

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