Spending the day hitting a tennis ball rather than a golf ball has Team USA talisman Matt Kuchar primed to return to winning form in this week's World Cup of Golf in Melbourne.
World No.29 Kuchar will partner Kyle Stanley (No.30) at Metropolitan Golf Club with the American pair opening their account on Thursday morning alongside the Australian team of Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith.
Kuchar arrived in Sydney last week from Mexico where he ended a four-year title drought on the PGA Tour.
But the 40-year-old was unable to continue that run at the Australian Open, fading in the final two rounds to tie for 23rd.
Kuchar said the result hadn't dented his belief.
"Winning a tournament on the PGA Tour is hard to do and when you do it, you've got a great buzz going and a great sense of confidence and I'm hoping to keep it going," Kuchar said on Wednesday.
Feeling his game was in good shape, Kuchar decided to prepare for the World Cup by trading his golf clubs for a tennis racquet.
RIGHT: Stanley will partner Kuchar to form the US team at the World Cup. PHOTO: Jamie Squire/Getty Images.
"I had a day off and played some tennis with the family at Melbourne Park and I got on the Australian Open tennis courts which was a real thrill," Kuchar said.
"And I think when you're excited to be somewhere, you've got tons of energy."
Kuchar hopes to leverage off the hometown support for the Australians to get off to a flying start in the fourball (best ball) format on Thursday.
"It's awesome to play with the Australians," Kuchar said.
"They've got a good team – Leish (Leishman) has been playing great, and Cam (Smith) had a very good year as well.
"I'm sure there will be some great crowds following them and hopefully a few supporters for Team USA."
In the last instalment of the World Cup in 2016, held at nearby Kingston Heath, the American team of Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker finished in a three-way tie for second behind Denmark.
- Melissa Woods, Australian Associated Press