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No one is happier about Tiger Woods missing the Players than Matt Kuchar, and not for the reason you think

By Alex Myers

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- There's been a lot of talk about Tiger Woods not teeing it up at the Players this week, but no one has addressed a critical question: Who gets the prime parking spot reserved for the defending champion?

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The answer is 2012 winner Matt Kuchar. And he's pretty happy about it.

"It's awfully nice Tiger's not here; I got the first parking spot still, which makes me feel like I'm defending champion," a grinning Kuchar said of his friend and Presidents Cup partner to open his pre-tournament press conference. The line drew chuckles from those in the media room, including one from his agent, Mark Steinberg, who also represents Woods.

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OK, so Kuchar always seems happy about everything, but it is a nice perk to have -- especially for his caddie, Lance Bennett, who will keep the second spot in TPC Sawgrass' huge parking lot.

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Speaking of top spots, Kuchar is one of four players who could move to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking this week. A recent torrid four-week period in which he contended three times and won at Hilton Head has him another victory away from taking something else from Tiger.

"To be No. 1 in the world at anything is amazing," Kuchar said. "I think all of us that are out here dream of being No. 1." 

Yeah, but does that title even come with a parking spot?