After receiving medical attention, he was able to finish with a one-under-par 71, carding four birdies in the round, with a bogey and a double bogey near the end.
“I don’t know where it came from,” Kuchar said in a brief statement. “I’ve had plenty of time to get over the travel. Hopefully, it’s something that passes real quick.”
Kuchar was six strokes off the pace, which was shared by five players. The round was suspended by darkness after play was interrupted for nearly two hours by lightning and rain.
Bubba Watson, who played in Kuchar’s group, said that he suspected that Kuchar used a lot of energy going toe to toe with Spieth — who rallied over the last five holes on Sunday to beat Kuchar by three strokes — and then immediately flying across the Atlantic to play here.
“But he’s a strong competitor and he’s fighting through it,” Watson said. “He’ll be ready to go by tomorrow and the weekend.”
The day before, Kuchar reflected on how good his game has been lately, although steady golf was not good enough to win last weekend.
“Jordan, what a show he put on,” Kuchar said. “That was impressive…