In-form Matt Kuchar ex­tends lead at Sony Open in Hawaii

Global Times - - SPORTS -

Matt Kuchar was model of con­sis­tency, shoot­ing a bo­gey-free 66 on Satur­day in the third round of the PGA Tour’s Sony Open to stretch his lead to two strokes over An­drew Put­nam.

Kuchar used a hot put­ter to roll in four birdies and missed just two greens in reg­u­la­tion on the Wa­ialae Coun­try Club course in Hawaii to move to 18-un­der 192 over­all.

Kuchar has been one of the stead­i­est golfers on the tour this sea­son and said the key for him is keep­ing the ball in play and lim­it­ing his mis­takes.

“It was aw­fully steady and bo­gey-free. It is the golf I like to play to stay out of trou­ble,” he said. “I hit more driv­ers and three woods than most, but I feel com­fort­able about putting those on the fair­ways. There are so many dog legs and this rough is nasty.”

Put­nam, who trailed by one stroke at the half­way stage, shot a three-un­der 67 to get to 16-un­der over­all. He closed with a birdie on Satur­day to cut Kuchar’s lead to just two.

Keith Mitchell fired a sev­e­nun­der 63 and is tied for third with Chez Reavie (66) on 196.

Veteran Kuchar has a ca­reerbest 54-hole score in Hawaii as the Amer­i­can tries to win for the ninth time on the US PGA Tour.

The four-time Ry­der Cup team mem­ber won a bronze medal for the USA at the 2016 Sum­mer Olympics. The 40-year-old is also try­ing to win for the sec­ond time this sea­son af­ter cap­tur­ing the Mayakoba Golf Clas­sic in Novem­ber.

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