Kuchar starts Hawaii va­ca­tion with a vic­tory at Sony Open

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HON­OLULU — Matt Kuchar over­came three early bo­geys that cost him the lead with flaw­less golf and two key birdies on the back nine to close with a 4-un­der 66 and win the Sony Open for his sec­ond PGA Tour ti­tle this sea­son.

It wasn’t as easy as his four-shot vic­tory over An­drew Put­nam might in­di­cate.

Hav­ing made only one bo­gey through 54 holes to build a two-shot lead, Kuchar had three bo­geys in his open­ing five holes Sun­day and fell one shot be­hind Put­nam, and he had to make a 10-foot birdie putt at the turn to avoid fall­ing two shots be­hind.

Kuchar caught him with an ag­gres­sive pitch up the slope on the par-4 10th hole. They re­mained tied with five holes to play when Put­nam made bo­gey from a deep bunker left of the 14th green, and Kuchar made a pair of 12-foot birdie putts on the next two holes to seize con­trol.

Just like that, his lead was three shots, mak­ing for a pleas­ant walk up the par-5 18th.

Kuchar be­came the first mul­ti­ple win­ner on the PGA Tour this sea­son, hav­ing ended a drought of more than four years when he cap­tured the Mayakoba Clas­sic in Mex­ico last Novem­ber. It was only the sec­ond time in his ca­reer Kuchar has won twice in the same sea­son. He won the Match Play Cham­pi­onship and the Me­mo­rial in 2013. Now, he has the meat of the sea­son in front of him.

MATT YORK/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Matt Kuchar hits from the first tee dur­ing the fi­nal round of the Sony Open on Sun­day at Wa­ialae Coun­try Club in Hon­olulu.

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