Kuchar beats his bogeys
MATT Kuchar overcame three early bogeys that cost him the lead with flawless golf and two key birdies on the back nine to close with a fourunder 66 and win the Sony Open for his second PGA Tour title this season.
It wasn’t as easy as his fourshot victory over Andrew Putnam might indicate.
Having made only one bogey through 54 holes to build a two-shot lead, Kuchar had three bogeys in his opening five holes yesterday and fell one shot behind Putnam, and he had to make a 3m birdie putt at the turn to avoid falling two shots behind.
Kuchar caught him with an aggressive pitch up the slope on the par-four 10th hole.
They remained tied with five holes to play when Putnam made bogey from a deep bunker left of the 14th green, and Kuchar made a pair of 4m birdie putts on the next two holes to seize control.
Just like that, his lead was three shots, making for a pleasant walk up the par-five 18th.
Kuchar became the first multiple winner on the PGA Tour this season, having ended a drought of more than four years when he captured the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico last November.
It was only the second time in his career Kuchar has won twice in the same season. He won the Match Play Championship and the Memorial in 2013. Now, he has the meat of the season in front of him.
“I want to see how great this year can be,” Kuchar said.
He finished at 22-under 258, the third-lowest total in Waialae history behind the PGA Tour record of 253 by Justin Thomas in 2017.
American Matt Kuchar celebrates a shot at the Sony Open