Kuchar extends lead at Sony Open

Annette Crawford
January 14, 2019

Keith Mitchell and Chez Reavie share third place at 14-under. Those were the only players within five shots of the lead, and all of them are chasing Kuchar. That's the way I like to play, staying out of trouble.

But he remained tied fifth - as he started the day - with American leader Matt Kuchar (66) now seven shots in front of him after getting to 18-under 192, the lowest 54-hole score of his career. Needing to birdie the last four holes to qualify for the weekend, Spieth ran off two birdies, missed a 10-foot birdie putt and then narrowly missed chipping in for eagle.

The five-time Tour victor, who won the Shriners Open in his season debut, enters Sunday at 11 under as he tries to start his season with three straight top 10s. They were tied through seven holes until Putnam made bogey on No. 8 and failed to birdie the par-5 ninth, the easiest hole at Waialae. The veteran continued to limit mistakes (he's carded just one bogey in 54 holes and missed only two greens in regulation in Round 3) and turned in a bogey-free, 4-under 66.

Kuchar made birdie on his first three holes, and then closed with his sixth birdie of the day to move to 14-under 126 at the Waialae Country Club course.

"I've got grey hair", he said with a laugh.

"Before the other two I just hit the shot and I was trying to see if it was going at the hole". Never expected it to go in. "It's always a surprise when it disappears".

That would be a good idea, except Hawaii doesn't have a lottery. Marc Leishman (64) and Ted Potter Jr. He has been to five of the islands, and plans to stay another few weeks after the Sony Open.

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Matt Kuchar continued to thrive in paradise on Saturday as the 40-year-old added to his advantage at the Sony Open.

"It was unusual", the 37-year-old American told Golf Channel at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, where he trailed leader Matt Kuchar by four shots.

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