Matt Kuchar Highlights | Round 3 | Sony Open 2019

Tanya Simon
January 14, 2019

But Kuchar edged back in front when he pitched to three feet to set up a birdie at 10 before holing from 10 feet at the 12th, although Putnam then regained a share of the lead with a clutch 20-foot putt for birdie at the 13th.

Matt Kuchar extended his lead to two strokes after the third round of the Sony Open in Hawaii on Saturday.

Biggest disappointment: It was a rough afternoon for Keith Mitchell, who turned a spot in the final group into a tie for 16th.

Kuchar ran off four birdies in five holes to start his second round Friday, handled the par 5s at Waialae again and finished with another round of 7-under 63 to take a one-shot lead over Andrew Putnam.

Kuchar had a 54-hole score of 193 in Mexico, the lowest of his career.

Fellow American Kuchar fell back to second at 17-under with three bogeys and two birdies after nine holes.

Andrew Putnam was two shots behind after a 67. Swafford got off to a slow start but heated up with four birdies in a seven-hole stretch to entertain thoughts of potentially chasing down Kuchar and Putnam.

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"It was so uncharacteristic of me", Kuchar said, referring to his three-putt and bad wedge on No. 5. That would have made for birdies on three consecutive holes.

"Getting that birdie on 15, getting that birdie on 16 - man that made 18 awfully nice to play", added the American, who is now well on his way to making a fifth US Presidents Cup team. 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.

"It was pretty tough to walk but obviously things worked out pretty well", he said.

Spieth had a 66 and missed the cut by just one shot.

I get where he's coming from and know that he's just trying to build confidence, but I might have to amend my "Spieth will win three times in 2019" take in a few weeks.

A handful of golfers are tied inside the top 10, including Brandt Snedeker, Jason Dufner and Cameron Smith, who are in a seven-way tie for seventh place after shooting 66s. Thanks to a round-opening bogie and a double bogie on the 4th hole, Reavie began the round 3-over and needing a miracle to keep up with leader Matt Kuchar, who posted back-to-back 63s in the tournament's first two rounds.

"Honestly, I didn't think about it at all until after the third one went in", Reavie added.

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