Kuchar two ahead in Hawaii

14 January, 2019, 04:14 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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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.

Kuchar opened with consecutive rounds of 63 this week.

Kuchar ran off four birdies in five holes to start his second round on Friday, handled the par 5s at Waialae again and finished with another round 63.

Matt Kuchar has extended his lead at the Sony Open in Honolulu adding a third round of 66 to lead Andrew Putnam by two and the rest of the field by at least four as the event heads into tomorrow's final round. The good news for Kuchar: Seven of the past 11 Sony winners held at least a share of the 54-hole lead, and just three of the past 25 came from more than two shots back after 54 holes.

The strangest round belonged to Reavie, who made more eagles than birdies in his round of 65.


After shooting 67 on Thursday, Leishman fired a six-under-par 64 (131) on Saturday 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.

"To shoot seven under back-to-back is unexpected, but awfully excited, " Kuchar said. Jordan Spieth had a short week despite a 66 in second round and missed the cut by one shot. Lahiri had five birdies and three bogeys. He closed with a birdie Saturday to cut Kuchar's lead to just two.

Five-time PGA Tour victor Hideki Matsuyama is 10 shots off the lead, tied for 35th, after also shooting a 3-under 67. He would only make one more birdie (at No. 12), but no bogeys ensured he kept pushing forward. "It is the golf I like to play to stay out of trouble", he said.

Marc Leishman, Davis Love III and defending champion Patton Kizzire ended the day level alongside Thomas in 17th place. Teryn Schaefer presents the best social media posts from around the world of golf in "Good, Bad & Unusual" and after each day's play brings you the biggest talking points in "The Takeaway".

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