Kuchar leads by 2 at Sony

Doug Mendoza
January 14, 2019

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 40-year-old Kuchar was 3-under on the front side and regained the solo top spot.

Anirban Lahiri played extremely well in the second round and yet came back only with a two-under 68 for the second successive day to be placed Tied 35th at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Putnam missed an 8-foot birdie attempt on No. 18.

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.

Putnam, who won for the first time past year in the Barracuda Championship held opposite a World Golf Championship, did his best to stay in reach.

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The only other time Kuchar won twice in the same season was in 2013, when he won the Match Play Championship in Arizona in February and the Memorial in early June. He excelled with the irons again Saturday, leaving himself birdie putts of reasonable length. Those were the only players within five shots of the lead, and all of them are chasing Kuchar. He had a shot for another birdie on No. 6, but his chip from the fringe sat just outside the cup. After scoring two-under 68 in each of the first two rounds, he made two bogeys and a birdie on Saturday, scoring 71.

Fellow American Chez Reavie is outright third after picking up four shots while Keith Mitchell is a shot further back after gaining six shots.

Mitchell played a bogey-free round of 63, including four straight birdies on Nos.

Reavie holed out from the fairway three times for eagle, all on par 4s, a feat that hadn't been accomplished since the PGA Tour first started tracking hole-by-hole records in 1983. 11-13 helped relegate him to a 4-under 66 and T-3 at 14 under as well.

Round of the day: Bryson DeChambeau carded eight birdies to shoot 7-under 63, which is tied for the best score of his young PGA Tour career.

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