Kuchar stays in control heading for final day in Hawaii

Tanya Simon
January 14, 2019

However Kuchar has gained three shots through 11 holes to be 17 under and he leads by two strokes from Andrew Putman, while several other players are making big moves on the Waialae Country Club course.

Super-consistent Marc Leishman is on track for another big US PGA Tour payday but the Sony Open title appears nearly out of reach going into the final round.

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.

"I anticipate needing another good score tomorrow, " Kuchar said. That put him at No. 4 in the world, the highest he has been in his career.

The four-time Ryder Cup team member won a bronze medal for the United States of America at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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

Kuchar was flawless on day three, posting four birdies without dropping a shot, to be the 54-hole leader at 18 under.

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He recorded an 18-under 192 total, while Putnam drained a birdie at the last for a 67 to go 16-under.

Reavie, the 2008 Canadian Open champion, wasted no time notching his first eagle, holing out from 100 yards at the 10th - his first hole of the day. You don't get many chances like that and it was nice to be there and been able to finish it off. ...

Putnam stayed within striking distance without playing his best.

"It was awfully steady and bogey free".

Bryson DeChambeau made a move with 63, tying his best score on the PGA Tour. Also tied for fifth were Charles Howell III and 54-year-old Davis Love III, who had one of his better putting rounds. "If it's like today, it's going to be scorable".

DIVOTS: Gary Woodland, who didn't shoot worse than 68 last week and still had to settle for runner-up at Kapalua, was among 10 players who missed the 54-hole cut because more than 78 players made it to the weekend. He has been to five of the islands, and plans to stay another few weeks after the Sony Open.

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