Matt Kuchar shoots another 63, leads Andrew Putnam by one at Sony Open in Hawaii


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Matt Kuchar snapped a lengthy win drought this past November, capturing his first victory on the PGA Tour in four years, sixth months and 22 days, to be exact. Following a pair of 63s at the Sony Open in Hawaii, Kuchar has given himself a chance to win again, this time just 63 days removed from his most recent title.

Unlike Thursday, Kuchar did have one blemish in his second round, bogeying the par-4 15th, his sixth hole of the day. But four birdies and an eagle at the 18th gave him a front-nine 30, which he backed up with a 33 on the home nine to get to 14-under 126. At the time it was good enough for a big lead, but Andrew Putnam’s five-under 65 pulled him within one by day’s end.

“Been on some good form,” said Kuchar, who tied for 19th out of 34 players at the Sentry, but did close with a Sunday 69. “So felt really good yesterday; today probably wasn’t quite as clean. I think I hardly missed a fairway yesterday and today missed a handful. Boy, the golf course gets tough when you’re playing from the rough. Even if you have short clubs in your hand it’s challenging. I took advantage early and started out with three straight birdies, and kind of continued the good play from yesterday.”

Putnam, who also played last week at Kapalua and tied for 14th, was bogey-free on Friday. He’s put himself in contention heading into the weekend thanks to a red-hot putter. Putnam has made 287 feet of putts and ranks first in the field in strokes-gained/putting.

“For some reason I can just see the lines and have the speed of the greens right now,” said Putnam. “I putted well last week at Kapalua, but the greens here are nothing like Kapalua’s, they’re a lot faster. No relation, really, but the stroke feels great, I’m starting it on line and they are going in.”

Four back of Kuchar are Chez Reavie and Stewart Cink, who posted a career-low tying 62 on Friday. Reavie had quite an eventful round himself, firing a 65 with three eagles, all of them hole-outs on par 4s.

Ted Potter, Jr. also shot a 65, putting him in a tie for fifth with Marc Leishman at nine-under 131.

Up-to-the-minute leader board and other scoring information for the Sony Open in Hawaii, Waialae C.C., Honolulu, Hawaii, Jan. 10-13, 2019


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