Kuchar takes 1-shot lead at Sony Open

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HON­OLULU — The easy­go­ing vibe in Hawaii is a per­fect fit for Matt Kuchar, who spends as much as a month at a time on the is­lands when his sched­ule al­lows.

The Sony Open is more about work than play, and he’s hav­ing just as much fun.

Kuchar ran off four birdies in five holes to start his sec­ond round Fri­day, han­dled the par 5s at Wa­ialae again and fin­ished with an­other round of 7-un­der 63 to take a one-shot lead over An­drew Put­nam.

“To shoot 7 un­der back-to­back is un­ex­pected, but aw­fully ex­cited,” Kuchar said with the same smile he wears for most any oc­ca­sion.

Kuchar was at 14-un­der 126, match­ing the low­est 36-hole score of his PGA Tour ca­reer. He also had a 126 in Las Ve­gas in 2008.

Put­nam, play­ing in the af­ter­noon, had a bo­gey-free 65 and was one shot be­hind. Chez Reavie (65) and Ste­wart Cink (62) were four be­hind.

Jor­dan Spi­eth had a short week after a long break from golf. In his 2019 de­but, Spi­eth had a 66 and missed the cut by one shot. Need­ing to birdie the last four holes to qual­ify for the week­end, Spi­eth ran off two birdies, missed a 10-foot birdie putt and then nar­rowly missed chip­ping in for ea­gle.

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