Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Leishman third as Kuchar wins Sony Open

Leishman third as Kuchar wins Sony Open

Kuchar, who won the Mayakoba Golf Classic in November, took home the $1.152 million winner's check with his ninth career PGA Tour victory and is the second multiple-time victor on Tour this season.

Shugo Imahira is six shots off the pace after carding a 3-under 67.

Kuchar caught him with an aggressive pitch up the slope on the par-4 10th hole.

Kuchar has made only one bogey through 54 holes at Waialae Country Club, and his 18-under 192 was the lowest 54-hole score of his career.

He found a bunker on the par-five 18th hole and looked as if he might finish with yet another bogey.

Keith Mitchell fired a seven-under 63 and is tied for third with Chez Reavie (66) on 196.

Putnam took the lead over Kuchar as the two began their third round. Lahiri had five birdies and three bogeys.

Clearly, the 40-year-old is in a better spot than when he had gone more than three years without winning and was left off the Ryder Cup team for the first time in 10 years. Putnam went first and it rolled out to 2 inches for birdie. "Still played a good round".

"It's not often you feel like you know what you're doing with your swing and the ball's reacting the way you want it to and you're able to maneuver the ball the way you want", Kuchar told reporters.

- PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 13, 2019 " rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" tied his career low round of 63.

Also tied for fifth were Charles Howell III and 54-year-old Davis Love III, who had one of his better putting rounds. That added to the stress-free feeling of a round, and the overall control he feels in his game.

Mitchell played a bogey-free round of 63, including four straight birdies on Nos. "If it's like today, it's going to be scorable".

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

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.

The Sony Open is more about work than play, and he's having just as much fun.

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