After shaky start, wins sec­ond event of sea­son

Kuchar hangs on in Hawaii

Toronto Sun - - SPORTS -

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

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