Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Kuchar extends lead at Sony Open

Kuchar extends lead at Sony Open

Matt Kuchar extended his lead to two strokes after the third round of the Sony Open in Hawaii on Saturday.

Shot of the day: Kuchar had already moved back in front, but it was the birdie on No. 15 that really put the trophy within reach. He finished top five in both events, and following his win last fall at the CIMB Classic should be considered one of the players best positioned to break into the upper crust of golf as we head toward the heart of the season.

Biggest disappointment: It was a rough afternoon for Keith Mitchell, who turned a spot in the final group into a tie for 16th.

He led by two going into the final round, three bogeys in his first five holes saw the usually steady Kuchar, who had just one bogey in the first three rounds, surrender the lead to Putnam.

Kuchar had a 54-hole score of 193 in Mexico, the lowest of his career.

Putnam, playing in the afternoon, had a bogey-free 65 and was one shot behind.

Reavie shot three straight bogeys through holes 11 to 13 but recovered with seven birdies for a round of 66. Putnam birdied No. 18.

DIVOTS: Gary Woodland, who didn't shoot worse than 68 last week and still had to settle for runner-up at Kapalua, was among 10 players who missed the 54-hole cut because more than 78 players made it to the weekend. That would have made for birdies on three consecutive holes. He opened the round with birdies on each of the first three holes. They traded birdies on the 12th and 13th, and Kuchar took over from there.

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"I loved the fight", Spieth said.

"Didn't feel as easy as the first two days", Putnam said. "I know I can't coast".

Putnam, who won his first PGA Tour title last summer at the Barracuda Championship, didn't blink until that approach into the bunker that led to his lone bogey, and he couldn't make enough putts to stay close to Kuchar the rest of the way.

In-form Bryson DeCambeau posted a seven-under 63 to be sharing sixth place with Leishman and three others.

Marc Leishman continues to lead the Australians but his round of 68 today was essentially treading water on a day where low scoring was the order of the day and he heads into tomorrow in a massive nine way share of 5th place.

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

"Honestly, I didn't think about it at all until after the third one went in", Reavie added.

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