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

Matt Kuchar takes 1-shot lead at Sony Open

Matt Kuchar takes 1-shot lead at Sony Open

Garber finished his day in 81st at 4 over; Matt Kuchar is in 1st at 18 under; Andrew Putnam is in 2nd at 16 under; and Chez Reavie and Keith Mitchell are tied for 3rd at 14 under. After scoring two-under 68 in each of the first two rounds, he made two bogeys and a birdie on Saturday, scoring 71.

Jordan Spieth had a short week after a long break from golf.

Kuchar held the halfway lead after a pair of 63s, and he made another positive start to the third round as he rolled in a confident 13-foot putt for an opening birdie before settling for a series of pars.

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

South African native Rory Sabbatini played his first event under the Slovakian flag, and shot a second round 67 to move to five-under overall, nine shots adrift of Kuchar.

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. Reavie didn't think all that much about it until he piped a drive on No. 8 and hit a wedge that covered the flag. "The other two, I just hit the shot I was trying to see and it was going at the hole. It's always a surprise when it disappears".

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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.

"I anticipate needing another good round tomorrow", he said.

That would be a good idea, except Hawaii doesn't have a lottery.

Marc Leishman, Davis Love III and defending champion Patton Kizzire ended the day level alongside Thomas in 17th place. "Still played a good round". But I enjoy the challenge even when you're not playing well of trying to figure out shooting a score.

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

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.

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