Kooch Leads Putnam by 2 Shots at Waialae

Kooch Leads Putnam by 2 Shots at Waialae

The 25-year-old won the Memorial Tournament, the Northern Trust and the Dell Technologies Championship in 2018, and moved up 30 places after mixing just one bogey with eight birdies, including three in a row on the way back to the clubhouse. Kuchar blasted out weakly, and holed the 10-foot birdie on the par-5 ninth to stay in range.

Matt Kuchar remains in control and is the 54-hole leader (18 under) at the Sony Open in Hawaii after a handful of birdies helped him retake and maintain the lead.

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

Kuchar matched the lowest 36-hole score of his PGA Tour career.

Chez Reavie (66) - who had five birdies through nine holes - fell into a two-way tie for third place (14 under) with Keith Mitchell (63).

The victor of the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico in November, world No.32 Kuchar briefly surrendered the lead to Putnam after three bogeys in his first five holes on Sunday. After trading birdies, they were tied with five holes to play.

Super-consistent Marc Leishman is on track for another big US PGA Tour payday but the Sony Open title appears nearly out of reach going into the final round. If I keep plugging along, I knew good things would happen. But he had a good session with his swing coach in Dallas, and it paid off two weeks later on the Gulf side of the Mexican coast.




"Kuch is playing well, so I feel like I've got to get out there and make some birdies if it's not too windy", Putnam said.

Putnam, who won for the first time past year in the Barracuda Championship held opposite a World Golf Championship, did his best to stay in reach. "I look forward to the rest of the year to try and continue to see how great this year can be".

"I didn't hit the ball as well as first two days, so glad the putter was still warm", he said. He carded one under overall after rounds of 73 and a much-improved 66 in his first event of 2019.

Australia's Marc Leishman finished in a four-way tie for third place at 17 under with Canada's Corey Conners and Americans Hudson Swafford and Chez Reavie.

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. You don't get many chances like that and it was nice to be there and been able to finish it off. ...

Andrew Putnam reacts to missing a birdie putt on the 16th green during the third round of the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu.

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