Kuchar pulls away for four-shot Sony Open win

The Borneo Post - - SPORT -

LOS AN­GE­LES: US vet­eran Matt Kuchar shook off a slow start and pulled away for a four-shot vic­tory over An­drew Put­nam Sun­day in the US PGA Tour Sony Open in Hawaii.

Kuchar birdied six of his last 10 holes in a four-un­der par 66 at Wa­ialae Coun­try Club in Honolulu, fin­ish­ing the week with a 22-un­der par to­tal of 258.

The 40-year- old four-time Ry­der Cup team mem­ber — who won a bronze medal for the United States at the 2016 Rio Olympics — won for the sec­ond time in the 201819 sea­son af­ter his vic­tory in the Mayakoba Clas­sic in Novem­ber.

“Boy, to win two out of three events — it’s crazy to com­pre­hend,” said Kuchar, who missed the Tour Cham­pi­onship last year for the first time in eight years but has now taken his tally of US PGA Tour ti­tles to nine.

He led by two go­ing into the fi­nal round, three bo­geys in his first five holes saw the usu­ally steady Kuchar, who had just one bo­gey in the first three rounds, sur­ren­der the lead to Put­nam.

“It was not at all what I was look­ing for,” Kuchar said, adding that he just told him­self to stay con­fi­dent.

“Some of those bo­geys — there was a three- putt and a bad wedge shot. That’s just so un­char­ac­ter­is­tic.”

Sure enough he snapped out of it. A birdie at the ninth saw him make the turn level with Put­nam — who had two birdies in his first nine holes. — AFP

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.