Matt Kuchar, 2012 PLAYERS Champion Portrait, Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra, FL

Matt Kuchar, PLAYERS Portrait - Chris Duke

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September 30, 2012

I was thrilled to see Matt Kuchar win THE PLAYERS golf tournament on May 13, 2012. For the PLAYERS champion portrait, which I do every year, my process is this: I begin with a pen sketch that depicts highlights of that year's tournament. After sketch approval, I do a large, solitary portrait of the winner, which will be the focal point of the final art. For Matt Kuchar’s portrait, I loved illustrating his vibrant smile; it seems to rise from the art. This was his expression at the moment he was awarded his trophy.

Before I complete the portrait with vignettes and text, the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) photographs the solitary portrait to use for the banners that elegantly line the winding road approaching the clubhouse.

Then, using my final portrait, the PGA prints beautiful posters that I number and sign. The golf champion receives autographed poster #1. Finally, my original art is framed and hung in the Sawgrass clubhouse gallery, shown here.

I am delighted that Matt Kuchar continues to do very well on the PGA tour. I passionately root for winners of THE PLAYERS, all whom I have painted. I follow their golf careers well into the Senior Tour.

My other PLAYERS portraits are viewable at the link below.