Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Kuchar extends lead at Sony Open

Kuchar extends lead at Sony Open

He finished strong with two more birdies in his final three holes to remain in contention as he carded a 4-under 66.

After shooting 67 on Thursday, Leishman fired a six-under-par 64 (131) on Saturday (AEST) to be alongside American Ted Potter, five strokes behind Matt Kuchar, who dazzled with back-to-back 63s for a 14-under-par two-round total of 126. Kuchar blasted out weakly, and holed the 10-foot birdie on the par-5 ninth to stay in range.

Matt Kuchar overcame early wobbles to race home to his second victory in two months, a four-shot triumph at the Sony Open in Hawaii on Sunday. After breaking a four-year winless streak at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in November, Kuchar now has the second multi-win season of his career.

"It was awfully steady, bogey free, the kind of golf I like to play, give yourself enough opportunities, enough will go in". He won the Match Play Championship and the Memorial in 2013.

Putnam, who won for the first time a year ago in the Barracuda Championship held opposite a World Golf Championship, did his best to stay in reach.

Leader Kuchar has enjoyed a new lease of life in the early part off the 2018-19 season. "I just couldn't keep up with him". Now, he has the meat of the season in front of him.

Kuchar had a 54-hole score of 193 in Mexico, the lowest of his career. "I look forward to the rest of the year to try and continue to see how great this year can be". He carded one under overall after rounds of 73 and a much-improved 66 in his first event of 2019.

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Even so, the performance was big for the Listowel, Ont., native, who narrowly missed a full PGA Tour card past year.

Australian Marc Leishman had six birdies in a six-under 64 to share third place on 17-under 263 with Canadian Corey Conners and Americans Hudson Swafford and Chez Reavie.

Love, who first played the Sony Open in 1986, missed by one shot matching the lowest 72-hole score of his career.

"It's not often you feel like you know what you're doing with your swing and the ball's reacting the way you want it to and you're able to maneuver the ball the way you want", Kuchar told reporters.

Kuchar had gone more than four years since his last PGA Tour victory before he won in Mexico.

Andrew Putnam was two shots behind after a 67. "He was battling me, took the lead and it was nice to have that pressure and come through, make some birdies coming in". He joins Xander Schauffle in the two-win club for this season and now has almost eight months to notch the first three-win season of his long, consistent and successful career.

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