The Masters Portfolio: Matt Kuchar, 18/1
Kuchar Sponsor Stock: Royal Bank of Canada (RY)
Of these five players, Kuchar sits the highest in the 2014 FedEx Cup standings in 15th place. Although he too has missed a cut in nine tournaments played so far, he has managed to finish in the top 10 on six occasions, leading to $1.7 million in winnings leading up to the Masters.
In last year’s tournament, Kuchar finished in a tie for eighth with Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood. He knows how to play well at Augusta.
In addition to sponsoring Canada’s own Mike Weir, winner of the 2003 Masters, Royal Bank of Canada (RY) sponsors Kuchar and nine other touring golf professionals. Although RBC is a Canadian bank it has a significant wealth management business in the US that makes its sponsorship of golfers and tournaments (RBC Heritage Classic) completely understandable from a marketing perspective. While all the Canadian banks are financially sound, RBC stands at the head of the class as Canada’s largest.
As of this writing, Will Ashworth did not own a position in any of the aforementioned securities.