Lahiri Drops to Tied-63rd as Kuchar Maintains Lead at Sony Open

Silvia Morton
January 14, 2019

Kuchar was at 14-under 126, matching the lowest 36-hole score of his PGA Tour career.

Canadian Adam Svensson earned a one-stroke lead after round one of the Sony Open in Hawaii, where Jordan Spieth stumbled in his first appearance of the season. 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 anticipate needing another good score tomorrow, " Kuchar said. "It felt easy out there".

Main storyline heading into Sunday: Since 2011, five players have opened a PGA Tour event with consecutive rounds of 63 or better. That put him at No. 4 in the world, the highest he has been in his career.

Kuchar was sliding his way out of the top 50 toward the end of previous year, when he failed to make a Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup team for the first time since 2009.

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Putnam, who won for the first time past year in the Barracuda Championship held opposite a World Golf Championship, did his best to stay in reach.

A sublime tee shot to three feet at the short seventh set up his second gain of the day, which was quickly followed by his third when he came within a whisker of holing from off the green for eagle at the par-five ninth. Putnam birdied No. 18. You don't get many chances like that and it was nice to be there and been able to finish it off. ... Teryn Schaefer presents the best social media posts from around the world of golf in "Good, Bad & Unusual" and after each day's play brings you the biggest talking points in "The Takeaway".

Kuchar was at his best on a number of putts from the 50-foot range. That added to the stress-free feeling of a round, and the overall control he feels in his game.

"It was awfully steady, bogey free, the kind of golf I like to play, give yourself enough opportunities, enough will go in". "I have to stay aggressive". He has been to five of the islands, and plans to stay another few weeks after the Sony Open.

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