Kuchar starts Hawaii va­ca­tion with a vic­tory

The Modesto Bee - - Sports - BY DOUG FER­GU­SON


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. Tied for the lead with five holes to go, Put­nam made bo­gey from the bunker on No. 14 and Kuchar birdied the next two holes to seize con­trol.

Put­nam closed with a 68 and moved into the top 50 for the first time in his ca­reer.


Matt Kuchar hits from the first tee dur­ing the fi­nal round of the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event Sun­day.

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