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. "Still played a good round". However, his bunker shot got the flawless bounce off the green and one more off the flagstick for an impressive ending.

US veteran Matt Kuchar shook off a slow start and pulled away for a four-shot victory over Andrew Putnam Sunday in the US PGA Tour Sony Open in Hawaii. 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. Davis Love III shot 6-under 64 to join DeChambeau, as well as Charles Howell III (6 under) and Marc Leishman (2-under 68). It wasn't easy because it never is on the PGA Tour, but it was simple and as low-stress as wins get.

Beneath that cap is plenty of gray hair. Those times you're not in full control, you're faced with a lot of situations where golf is going to find a way to stress you out and test you. I can't even pretend to be concerned about that, and he's now finished in the top 20 in all four Sonys he's played.

The next challenge is winning, and it helps to have gone through the experience last November.

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.

"For not playing well at all and being on the bad end of the draw, to miss the cut by one is reassuring", Spieth said. He shot 76. Also missing the 54-hole cut was Steve Stricker, who will stay in Hawaii an extra week for the opening event of the PGA Tour Champions season.

Kuchar's challenge appeared to be unraveling when a poor drive led to a bogey at the second and, after he clawed the shot back at the next, he three-putted from 50 feet on the fourth green and then failed to get up-and-down from a greenside bunker at the fifth.

He won the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico two months ago, another finish that was tighter than it needed to be. Love is not playing next week on the Big Island because he is playing the Singapore Open.

Keith Mitchell had a 63 and was four behind, along with Chez Reavie (66).

Kuchar's final-round 66 put him at 22-under 258 for the tournament, with Putnam finishing at 18 under with a 2-under 68 on Sunday.

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