Matt Kuchar overcomes early bogeys to win Sony Open

Matt Kuchar overcomes early bogeys to win Sony Open

Matt Kuchar overcomes early bogeys to win Sony Open

Kuchar overcame his sloppy start with flawless golf the rest of the way - he putted for birdie on the last 13 holes - and pulled away with a critical three-hole stretch at Waialae for a 4-under 66 to become the first multiple victor on the PGA Tour this season.

He led by two going into the final round, three bogeys in his first five holes saw the usually steady Kuchar, who had just one bogey in the first three rounds, surrender the lead to Putnam. Reavie had five birdies through nine holes but after he made the turn, his scorecard was colored with three consecutive bogeys.

At the 477-yard par-4 13th, Lahiri's tee shot went 269 yards to the right rough, his second shot went 180 yards to the right front greenside bunker, and his sand shot went 29 yards to the green where he had a two-putt for a bogey.

He closed with a 68 and moved into the top 50 for the first time in his career.

"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.

"I loved the fight", Spieth said.

Kuchar was at 14-under 126, matching the lowest 36-hole score of his PGA Tour career.

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

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. "I just couldn't keep up with him".

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Peter Jung, who qualified by winning an amateur tournament, played in his first PGA Tour event.

Even so, the performance was big for Conner, who narrowly missed a full PGA Tour card a year ago.

Marc Leishman (64), Hudson Swafford (64) and Chez Reavie (67) also finished in a tie for third.

Kuchar, who had been winless for almost four years until his win at the Mayakoba Classic late in 2018 now appears likely to add a 9th PGA Tour title just three months after his 8th.

He at least made the cut, more than could be said for Jordan Spieth, who missed by a stroke despite a 66 for one-under.

Putnam took the lead over Kuchar as the two began their third round.

American star Spieth, meanwhile, struggled after opening the tournament with a three-over-par 73. Kuchar walked in a birdie putt on the par-4 15th, and with Putnam in trouble on the par-4 16th, Kuchar put his approach to 11 feet.

Australian world No.18 Leishman started the final day seven shots behind leader Kuchar but posted a flawless six-under 64 on the Waialae Country Club course to be a shot further back.

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