Kooch Leads Putnam by 2 Shots at Waialae

Jose Verdugo
Enero 14, 2019

So odd was this round that Reavie made more eagles than birdies, and the one shot that made him think the ball might go in the hole led to a par. Certainly a year ago was disappointing, but to win two out of three events is insane to comprehend.

The PGA Tour began keeping hole-by-hole records in 1983 and no one had made three eagles in one round on par fours since.

American Matt Kuchar used a hot start to shoot his second-straight 63 and grab the halfway stage lead on Friday at the PGA Tour's Sony Open by one stroke over Andrew Putnam.

Kuchar has won just twice in the dozen times he has held the 36-hole lead, but he feels with the way he is playing that he can add to his birdie count.

"To shoot 7 under back-to-back is unexpected, but awfully excited", said Kuchar.

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Chez Reavie (66) - who had five birdies through nine holes - fell into a two-way tie for third place (14 under) with Keith Mitchell (63). "But I kept plugging along, and I knew good things were going to happen". He rolled in a 12-footer to move two shots ahead of Putnam, eliciting a rare fist pump from the normally placid Kuchar, and added another on the very next hole to give himself plenty of breathing room. "Still got a chance". There are a lot of good players out there.

Bryson DeChambeau had a 63 and led a large pack at 11-under 199, seven shots out of the lead for a slim chance at winning unless the leaders come back to the field. Unfortunately, he's also nearly last in putting in the field on the week.

The next challenge is winning, and it helps to have gone through the experience last November.

The Ryder Cup star was joined in the tie for fifth by 54-year-old veteran Davis Love III, who birdied three of the last four holes to return a classy 64 which matched the score of in-form playing-partner Charles Howell III.

The Sony Open is more about work than play, and he's having just as much fun.

Australian world No.18 Leishman started the final day seven shots behind leader Kuchar but posted a flawless six-under 64 on the Waialae Country Club course to be a shot further back.

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