Kuchar pulls away for four-shot Sony Open win
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