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

Matt Kuchar takes 1-shot lead at Sony Open

Matt Kuchar takes 1-shot lead at Sony Open

Kuchar completed 54 holes with just one bogey on his card, and a four-birdie 66 got him to 18 under while Andrew Putnam holed from eight feet at the last for birdie to stay within striking distance of the leader.

Putnam was two shots behind after a 67.

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.

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.

Kuchar ended a three-year drought by winning the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico last fall.

Kuchar, who had been winless for almost four years until his win at the Mayakoba Classic late in 2018 now appears likely to add a 9th PGA Tour title just three months after his 8th.

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

The Sony Open is more about work than play, and he's having just as much fun. He excelled with the irons again Saturday, leaving himself birdie putts of reasonable length.

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

Keith Mitchell had a 63 to pull within four shots, along with Chez Reavie, who fell back with three straight bogeys early on the back nine.

"It was awfully steady, bogey free, the kind of golf I like to play, give yourself enough opportunities, enough will go in".

No one had a more memorable round than Reavie. 7 and 9 to go out in 3-under 32. 11-13 and regrouped for two birdies the rest of the way.

Bryson DeChambeau produced arguably the round of the day, matching his career-low 63 to sit tied among a nine-strong pack in fifth place on 11 under. He continued to climb the leaderboard Saturday, rattling off seven birdies as part of a bogey-free 63 that moved him to 14 under and into the final group for Sunday.

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