Kuchar shoots bogey-free 66 to hold Sony Open lead

Rex Christensen
January 14, 2019

- PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 13, 2019 " rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" tied his career low round of 63.

However, Putnam handed back the initiative with a scrappy dropped shot at 14, and Kuchar seized his chance to open up a commanding lead when he holed back-to-back birdie putts from 12 feet at 15 and 16.

For Kuchar, the victory will probably propel him all the way to the Tour Championship later this season and could even be the start of a career year.

Kuchar ended a almost five-year drought when he won the Mayakoba Classic in November, his eighth PGA Tour win, and he said it was a good recent experience to have in the memory bank.

Andrew Putnam took the lead over Kuchar as the two began their third round as the one-time PGA Tour victor impressed.

Kuchar was in trouble early with bogeys on three of his first five holes.

"It was a really good day", said Kuchar, who has won eight times on the PGA Tour.

Kuchar was sliding his way out of the top 50 toward the end of previous year, when he failed to make a Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup team for the first time since 2009. It hopped into the back bunker, and he missed an 8-foot par putt to lose the lead. He said. a lot of different things over three days of interviews, none of which were particularly encouraging.

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"Apparently, I need to go buy a lottery ticket today", Reavie said.

In-form Bryson DeCambeau posted a seven-under 63 to be sharing sixth place with Leishman and three others.

Corey Conners, Davis Love III, Charles Howell III, Dominic Bozzelli and Brian Stuard will all begin the final round tied at 11 under. That added to the stress-free feeling of a round, and the overall control he feels in his game.

"Kuch is playing well, so I feel like I've got to get out there and make some birdies if it's not too windy", Putnam said.

Jordan Spieth (MC): Spieth bounced back with a 66 following his 73 in Round 1, but it wasn't enough to make the cut (which he missed by one). "I have to stay aggressive". He shot 76. Also missing the 54-hole cut was Steve Stricker, who will stay in Hawaii an extra week for the opening event of the PGA Tour Champions season.

Matt Kuchar tees off on the the 3rd hole during the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii golf tournament at Waialae Country Club.

The Sony Open is more about work than play, and he's having just as much fun.

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