Kuchar extends lead at Sony Open

Matt Kuchar

In November, he ended a four-year drought by winning the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico on another course that requires keeping the ball in play off the tee for good chances to score.

Main storyline heading into Sunday: Since 2011, five players have opened a PGA Tour event with consecutive rounds of 63 or better.

Matt Kuchar shot a bogey-free 6-under-par 66 to extend his lead in the Sony Open on Saturday at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu.

Kuchar ran off four birdies in five holes for another seven-under 63 to give him a one-shot lead over fellow American Andrew Putnam.

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

Australian golfer Marc Leishman has stormed up the leaderboard to be in a tie for fifth with a second-round 64, but Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth have missed the cut.


Putnam, who played college golf at Pepperdine and claimed his first PGA Tour victory previous year in the Barracuda Championship, capped his 67 with an eight-foot birdie putt on the last hole.

"Last year I probably ground harder than I've done in the past", he said.

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

Kuchar held the halfway lead after a pair of 63s, and he made another positive start to the third round as he rolled in a confident 13-foot putt for an opening birdie before settling for a series of pars. Reavie made more eagles - three - than birdies, of which he had only one.

"To shoot seven under back-to-back is unexpected, but awfully excited, " Kuchar said. That's the way I like to play, staying out of trouble. Teryn Schaefer presents the best social media posts from around the world of golf in "Good, Bad & Unusual" and after each day's play brings you the biggest talking points in "The Takeaway". - Love III, who made 91 feet, 3 inches of putts Saturday and received a nice compliment from his playing competitor.

Kuchar has been one of the most consistent players on the Tour over the past few years, finishing in the top 20 in FedEx Cup standings in 2017, 2016 and 2015.

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