Kuchar pulls away for four-shot Sony Open win

Silvia Morton
January 14, 2019

He opened with a birdie on the par-four first hole and carded another birdie just three holes later. That's the way I like to play, staying out of trouble.

Keith Mitchell had a 63 and was four shots behind, along with Chez Reavie (66).

"Andrew was tough", Kuchar said.

Kuchar, who had been winless for almost four years until his win at the Mayakoba Classic late in 2018 now appears likely to add a 9th PGA Tour title just three months after his 8th.

Kuchar's final-round 66 put him at 22-under 258 for the tournament, with Putnam finishing at 18 under with a 2-under 68 on Sunday.

Svensson carded a nine-under-par 61 - highlighted by seven birdies and one eagle - to top the leaderboard at Wai'alae Country Club in Honolulu on Thursday.

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Chez Reavie, boosted by three eagles on par-four holes, something nobody had done on the PGA Tour since it began tracking such statistics in 1983, shot 65 to join Stewart Cink (62) on 10-under.

"It was awfully steady, bogey free, the kind of golf I like to play, give yourself enough opportunities, enough will go in". It wasn't easy because it never is on the PGA Tour, but it was simple and as low-stress as wins get. They traded birdies on the 12th and 13th, and Kuchar took over from there. And he'll be back in Maui for the 2020 Tournament of Champions, suddenly a major player again and one who looks capable of vying for his first career major in the coming months.

Second-placed Putnam birdied his final hole, the par-five ninth, thanks to a deft 30-yard pitch over a bunker and down to inside three feet. He also beat Patrick Reed and Ian Poulter, who are both only 15 years younger than Love but also played in the Ryder Cup. He joins Xander Schauffle in the two-win club for this season and now has almost eight months to notch the first three-win season of his long, consistent and successful career.

Davis Love III (7th): Love III beat the following golfers he 1) is almost 30 years older than and 2) vice captained at the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris: Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed. Instead, it turned into the American's first top-10 finish since the 2017 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and his best result since winning the Desert Classic nearly exactly two years ago.

He returns in two weeks at Torrey Pines. Yuki Inamori is one stroke further back after carding a 68, while Rikuya Hoshino just made the cut at 2-under, following up his opening round of 66 with a 2-over 72. "I know that I was playing well, so I tried to stay confident".

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