Kuchar starts Hawaii va­ca­tion with Sony Open vic­tory

Tri-City Herald - - 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, 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 and Kuchar made a pair of 12-foot birdie putts.

MATT YORK AP

Matt Kuchar hits from the sec­ond tee dur­ing the fi­nal round of the Sony Open on Sun­day in Hon­olulu.

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