Kuchar starts Hawaii vacation with a victory - 1/13/2019 9:27:05 PM

Kuchar's 66 put him two clear of Andrew Putnam

It took a while for Matt Kuchar to disentangle himself from a suddenly-crowded Sony Open leaderboard on Sunday, but when he finally put the hammer down, he did so emphatically and cruised to his second victory of the still-very-young 2018-19 PGA Tour season.

"Obviously previous year was disappointing, but to win two out of three events is insane to comprehend".

"I anticipate needing another good score tomorrow", Kuchar said. That's the way I like to play, staying out of trouble.

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. This time, he wouldn't let go, with three birdies over his final four holes to emphatically seal a four-shot victory.

He won the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico two months ago, another finish that was tighter than it needed to be.

The PGA Tour began keeping hole-by-hole records in 1983 and no one had made three eagles in one round on par fours since.

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. His best season to date probably came in 2013 when he won the Memorial and the WGC-Match Play Championship en route to $5.6 million in earnings. He finished top five in both events, and following his win last fall at the CIMB Classic should be considered one of the players best positioned to break into the upper crust of golf as we head toward the heart of the season. He used eight birdies to complete the feat, including three on his final seven holes.

"I feel like my game has turned into a game that can play well at any given course", Kuchar said.

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

Super-consistent Marc Leishman is on track for another big US PGA Tour payday but the Sony Open title appears nearly out of reach going into the final round.

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

Davis Love III, who first played the Sony Open in 1986, missed by one shot matching the lowest 72-hole score of his career. You don't get many chances like that and it was nice to be there and been able to finish it off. ...

Putnam's birdie at the third and a series of solid pars proved enough to take him into the lead, which he maintained at the turn when he matched Kuchar's birdie at the long ninth.

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