‘Steady’ Kuchar keeps Sony lead by two shots

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - SPORTS - By Doug Fer­gu­son

HONOLULU — Matt Kuchar kept an­other clean card and shot a 4-un­der 66 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Sony Open, a chance to win twice in one PGA Tour sea­son for only the sec­ond time in his ca­reer.

Kuchar ended a four-year drought by win­ning the Mayakoba Clas­sic in Mex­ico last fall, and there are a few sim­i­lar­i­ties. He set a per­sonal record for 54 holes in Mayakoba at 193. He went one bet­ter at Wa­ialae at 18-un­der 192.

Both cour­ses re­quire keep­ing the ball in play, and Kuchar has done that well over three rounds. He has made only one bo­gey through 54 holes, and he only came se­ri­ously close to one on Satur­day, sav­ing par from the bunker on the par-3 17th.

“Good, steady golf,” Kuchar said. “It felt easy out there. I didn’t find my­self in any trou­ble.”

An­drew Put­nam was two shots be­hind after a 67.

Keith Mitchell had a 63 to pull within four shots, along with Chez Reavie, who fell back with three straight bo­geys early on the back nine. Those were the only play­ers within five shots of the lead, and all of them are chas­ing Kuchar.

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