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SportKuchar builds early lead at Sony Open

01:40  12 january  2019
01:40  12 january  2019 Source:   ap.org

Kuchar leads Sony Open by 2 shots

Kuchar leads Sony Open by 2 shots Matt Kuchar kept another clean card and shot a 4-under 66 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Sony Open as he goes for his second victory this season on the PGA Tour. Kuchar ended a three-year drought by winning the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico last fall. He has made only one bogey through 54 holes at Waialae Country Club, and his 18-under 192 was the lowest 54-hole score of his career. Andrew Putnam was two shots behind after a 67. Keith Mitchell had a 63 and was four behind, along with Chez Reavie (66). Those were the only players within five shots of the lead, and all of them are chasing Kuchar.

Sony Open in Hawaii. Kuchar escaped his only big mess Friday with a 35-foot bogey putt on the 12th hole, and he rode eight birdies to a 7-under 64 that gave him a two-shot lead over PGA TOUR Kuchar was at 14-under 128 as he tries to end more than four years without a PGA TOUR victory.

Webb Simpson and Matt Kuchar made enough birdies on the back nine Friday to build a little separation and share the lead in the Sony Open . He might be the most surprised of anyone to be tied for the lead Friday in the Sony Open . With expectations next to nil from using a regular putter for

Kuchar builds early lead at Sony Open© The Associated Press Matt Kuchar putts on the 13th green during the second round of the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Matt York)

HONOLULU — Matt Kuchar opened with three straight birdies and wound up with another 7-under 63 that gave him a four-shot lead among the early starters Friday in the Sony Open.

Kuchar started on the back nine at Waialae and shot 30 to seize control on another beautiful day.

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He was at 14-under 126, four shots ahead of Chez Reavie and Stewart Cink. The strangest round belonged to Reavie who made more eagles than birdies in his round of 65. Reavie holed out from the fairway three times for eagle, all on par 4s.

Kuchar starts Hawaii vacation with a victory

Kuchar starts Hawaii vacation with a victory Matt Kuchar overcomes three early bogeys that cost him the lead with flawless golf and two key birdies on the back nine to close with a 4-under 66 and win the Sony Open for his second PGA Tour title this season. It wasn't as easy as his four-shot victory over Andrew Putnam might indicate. Having made only one bogey through 54 holes to build a two-shot lead, Kuchar had three bogeys in his opening five holes Sunday and fell one shot behind Putnam. Tied for the lead with five holes to go, Putnam made bogey from the bunker on No. 14 and Kuchar birdied the next two holes to seize control.

The last time Kuchar had a four-shot lead going into the final round was the 2014 Houston Open The other two times Kuchar had the 54-hole lead , he won the Memorial in 2013 one week after Also seven shots behind was Anirban Lahiri of India, who was tied with Kuchar early on the front line and

The last time Kuchar had a four-shot lead going into the final round was the 2014 Houston Open The other two times Kuchar had the 54-hole lead , he won the Memorial in 2013 one week after Also seven shots behind was Anirban Lahiri of India, who was tied with Kuchar early on the front line and

Cink shot a 62.

Adam Svensson, the Canadian rookie who opened with a 61, followed with a 74 to fall nine shots behind.

Jordan Spieth played in the afternoon and was simply trying to make the cut.

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