Kuchar starts Hawaii vacation with a victory

Kuchar starts Hawaii vacation with a victory

The 40-year-old Kuchar shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 66 to take a two-stroke lead over Andrew Putnam heading to the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club https://www.waialaecc.com in Honolulu.

Putnam pulled even with Kuchar with three birdies in the first five holes.

Putnam carded three birdies through the first five holes to have a one-shot lead.

At the 398-yard par-4 15th, Etulain's tee shot went 191 yards to the left side of the fairway, his second shot went 190 yards to the left greenside bunker, and his sand shot went 17 yards to the green where he had a two-putt for a bogey. 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.

"I'm just going to stay aggressive".

The easygoing vibe in Hawaii is a ideal fit for Matt Kuchar, who spends as much as a month at a time on the islands when his schedule allows. Kuchar wobbled to a 1-over 36 on the front nine and let a whole host of players back into the festivities before making three straight 3s on the back nine and two birdies in his first three holes.

"I love the golf course".

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Kuchar then won once in 2014 - the RBC Heritage - but came up empty until last fall when he won the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

"I want to see how great this year can be", Kuchar said. Along with his runner-up finish in the Sanderson Farms Championship last fall, he has almost as many FedEx Cup points as previous year when he finished at No. 130.

Lahiri, who is playing his first event of 2019, is now four-under 136.

"To win two out of three is insane to comprehend", he said. Love is not playing next week on the Big Island because he is playing the Singapore Open. He's a victor again, and for a guy who loves Hawaii, he was thrilled to already have a spot reserved at Kapalua for the winners-only field 50 weeks from now.

Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri ended with a one-over 71 in the third round of the Sony Open in Honolulu, Hawaii, which saw him drop to three-under 207 for a tied-63rd spot on Saturday.

It wasn't as easy as his four-shot victory over Andrew Putnam might indicate.

Marc Leishman (64), Hudson Swafford (64) and Chez Reavie (67) also finished in a tie for third. But the veteran steadied himself down the stretch, racing past Putnam with a flurry of four birdies in seven holes on the back nine. Thomas posted a 66 on Sunday and has now shot 68 or lower in 12 consecutive rounds at Waialae.

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