Kuchar overcomes slow start to win Sony Open

Kuchar overcomes slow start to win Sony Open

Matt Kuchar hits from the 10th fairway during the second round of the Sony Open on Friday.

"Certainly a year ago was disappointing, but to win two out of three events is insane to comprehend", Kuchar said.

Keith Mitchell and Chez Reavie share third place at 14-under.

He finished at 22-under 258, the third-lowest total in Waialae history behind the PGA Tour record of 253 by Justin Thomas in 2017 and Jimmy Walker's 72-hole score of 257 when he won in 2015.

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

Kuchar led by two overnight and had just one blemish on his scorecard over the first 54 holes, but his customary composure slipped early on the final day at Waialae Country Club as he endured a torrid run of three bogeys in four holes. It hopped into the back bunker, and he missed an 8-foot par putt to lose the lead.

"Getting that birdie on 15, getting that birdie on 16 - man that made 18 awfully nice to play", added the American, who is now well on his way to making a fifth US Presidents Cup team. Swafford got off to a slow start but heated up with four birdies in a seven-hole stretch to entertain thoughts of potentially chasing down Kuchar and Putnam. He said. a lot of different things over three days of interviews, none of which were particularly encouraging.

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"Last year I probably ground harder than I've done in the past", he said.

But he rallied strongly to produce six birdies in the remaining holes, including five on an unblemished back nine, to secure the $US1,152,000 winner's cheque.

"I anticipate needing another good score tomorrow, " Kuchar said.

Canadian Adam Svensson earned a one-stroke lead after round one of the Sony Open in Hawaii, where Jordan Spieth stumbled in his first appearance of the season.

I get where he's coming from and know that he's just trying to build confidence, but I might have to amend my "Spieth will win three times in 2019" take in a few weeks.

Bryson DeChambeau had a 63 and led a large pack at 11-under 199, seven shots out of the lead for a slim chance at winning unless the leaders come back to the field.

Canada's Corey Connors made it a four-way tie for third as he also signed off with a 64, while 54-year-old veteran Davis Love III hit back from an early mistake with six birdies in a commendable 65 that saw him finish in outright seventh.

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