Kuchar arrives at Glen Abbey this week, a course where he has fond memories, earning two top ten places in the recent past.
The seven-times PGA Tour victor shook off the dizzy spells, including one which came while he was marking a ball, to card a one-under-par 71 that left him six shots back of the clubhouse leaders.
"I had a couple of spells where I got a little bit dizzy and I felt weak". I don't know why. "I've had plenty of time to get over the travel". But just coming here and refreshing the memory about the win past year, about a place that I feel really comfortable.
The American suffered late heartache at Royal Birkdale as he found himself on the receiving end of Jordan Spieth's remarkable last-gasp recovery.
The world goes on, however, and Kuchar must pick himself up and refocus his attention on the Canadian Open at Glen Abbey, where he has finished second, seventh and ninth in the past.
Kuchar, who was playing the first round with major winners Bubba Watson and Graeme McDowell, appeared to lose his balance on one of the greens of his opening nine when he stepped back from a putt and walked to the edge of the surface while poking a finger into his right ear. "He had been over to mark a putt after he missed it, and got a little light-headed ..." Had a rain jacket on. After playing the first 11 holes in four under, he made a double bogey on the par-four third and bogeyed the par-four eighth en route to a one-under 71. And then the travel.
"I did all I could last week and I had one guy out play me". "Second place is always kind of a bittersweet feeling". After a horror start to be four-over through six holes, Alker reeled off five birdies in eight holes. Top-ranked Dustin Johnson had a 67. I don't know why. "But when I did drive it in the fairway, I had good holes".