Kuchar extends lead at Sony Open in Hawaii

Annette Crawford
January 14, 2019

"It was a really good day", said Kuchar, who has won eight times on the PGA Tour.

Beneath that cap is plenty of gray hair.

It was a hard day for 11-time PGA Tour champion Spieth, who had four bogeys and just one birdie to be tied for 127th and 12 shots off the pace.

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.

Kuchar ended a almost five-year drought when he won the Mayakoba Classic in November, his eighth PGA Tour win, and he said it was a good recent experience to have in the memory bank. Putnam birdied No. 18.

American Matt Kuchar used a hot start to shoot his second-straight 63 and grab the halfway stage lead on Friday at the PGA Tour's Sony Open by one stroke over Andrew Putnam.

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

"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. There are a lot of good players out there.

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. Unfortunately, he's also nearly last in putting in the field on the week.

Kuchar was at his best on a number of putts from the 50-foot range. Kuchar has made only one bogey through 54 holes at Waialae, and he only came seriously close to one bogey until saving par from a bunker on the par-3 17th. That added to the stress-free feeling of a round, and the overall control he feels in his game.

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

"I'm just going to stay aggressive".

Svensson carded a nine-under-par 61 - highlighted by seven birdies and one eagle - to top the leaderboard at Wai'alae Country Club in Honolulu on Thursday. 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.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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