Matt Kuchar leads Sony Open by two shots after 54 holes

14 January, 2019, 07:23 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Matt Kuchar of the United States plays his shot from the fifth tee during the second round of the Sony Open In Hawaii at Waialae Country Club on 11 January 2019 in Honolulu Hawaii

The lead stayed with Matt Kuchar, who kept another clean card and shot a four-under 66 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Sony Open, as he goes for his second victory this season on the PGA Tour.

Kuchar ran off four birdies in five holes to start his second round Friday, handled the par 5s at Waialae again and finished with another round of 7-under 63 to take a one-shot lead over Andrew Putnam.

The victor of the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico in November, world No.32 Kuchar briefly surrendered the lead to Putnam after three bogeys in his first five holes on Sunday.

Putnam closed with a 68 and moved into the top 50 for the first time in his career. He won the Match Play Championship and the Memorial in 2013. "I just couldn't keep up with him".

Chez Reavie (66) - who had five birdies through nine holes - fell into a two-way tie for third place (14 under) with Keith Mitchell (63).

But this day ultimately belonged to Kuchar, who won for the ninth time in his career.

Putnam, who collected his maiden PGA Tour win at last year's Barracuda Championship, nailed a tricky three-footer for par at the last to clinch outright second on 18 under. You don't get many chances like that and it was nice to be there and been able to finish it off. ... He finished with a 3-under 67 for a tournament total of 16 under.


Peter Jung, who qualified by winning an amateur tournament, played in his first PGA Tour event. Love is not playing next week on the Big Island because he is playing the Singapore Open.

He returns in two weeks at Torrey Pines.

Super-consistent Marc Leishman is on track for another big US PGA Tour payday but the Sony Open title appears nearly out of reach going into the final round.

"To win two out of three is insane to comprehend", he said.

Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri ended with a one-over 71 in the third round of the Sony Open in Honolulu, Hawaii, which saw him drop to three-under 207 for a tied-63rd spot on Saturday.

Kuchar, who is chasing his first win since November, carded a 4-under 66 Saturday at the Waiʻalae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Putnam, who played college golf at Pepperdine and claimed his first PGA Tour victory previous year in the Barracuda Championship, capped his 67 with an eight-foot birdie putt on the last hole. Marc Leishman, Hudson Swafford, Chez Reavie and Corey Conners were T-3 at 17 under. But the veteran steadied himself down the stretch, racing past Putnam with a flurry of four birdies in seven holes on the back nine.

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