After shaky start, wins second event of season
Kuchar hangs on in Hawaii
HONOLULU — 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 4-under 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 Sunday and fell one shot behind Putnam. Tied for the lead with five holes to go, Putnam made bogey from the bunker on
No. 14 and Kuchar birdied the next two holes to seize control.
Putnam closed with a 68 and moved into the top 50 for the first time in his career.
Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., finished as the top Canadian after firing a finalround 64 to wind up at 17-under par for the tournament and in a tie for third place with three other golfers.
Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C., plummeted 19 spots and into a tie for 33rd place after firing a final-round 72.
Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C., climbed five spots and into a tie for 43rd after his final-round 68. Svensson opened the tournament with a sizzling 61.
The PGA Tour now heads to California for this week’s Desert Classic.
Matt Kuchar acknowledges the gallery on the 11th green during the final round of the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu yesterday. KEVIN C. COX/GETTY IMAGES