Kuchar maintains lead at Sony Open


In the case of Matt Kuchar, the Sony Open represented his second success of the season and came just 64 days after the first.

PGA golfer Matt Kuchar tees off on the 17th hole during the third round of the Sony Open in Hawaii golf tournament at Waialae Country Club.

Fellow American Keith Mitchell matched the day's best score, a seven-birdie 63, to jump into a tie for third with Chez Reavie (66), four shots behind Kuchar, who has made just one bogey through 54 holes.

Reavie opened on the par-4 10th and holed a sand wedge from 101 yards out.

After back-to-back 63s, the American produced a flawless round on day three, firing four birdies to move to 18 under overall and top of the pack after 54 holes. He ended it with another birdie on the par-5 18th, his 24th of the week.

Kuchar, who won the Mayakoba Golf Classic in November, took home the $1.152 million winner's check with his ninth career PGA Tour victory and is the second multiple-time victor on Tour this season. While it might be tough to replicate what Vijay Singh did in his fifth decade (win 22 times including a FedExCup) there is nothing to say he can't continue a renaissance of serious note. Now, he has the meat of the season in front of him. "To win two out of three is insane to comprehend", Kuchar said. "To have won two out of three starts on the PGA TOUR is mind boggling to me".

Canada's Corey Conners, who got into the field through a Monday qualifier, had a 64-64 weekend and was among four players who tied for third, though none had a serious chance of challenging what amounted to a two-player race at the top.

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Reavie finished T18 at this event previous year.

Cameron Smith finished tied for 22nd with a last round of 67 while Matt Jones was the only other Australian to play the final round and finished 29th. He also beat Patrick Reed and Ian Poulter, who are both only 15 years younger than Love but also played in the Ryder Cup.

Kuchar, one of the most popular players on the tour, is keen to emulate Vijay Singh, who enjoyed the bulk of his success after turning 40.

For the first time since 2009, Kuchar failed to qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship, making it only as far as the second of four legs in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

He won again in Mexico in a Sunday much tighter than he would have preferred, and had a few nervous moments at the start at Waialae. He is 2-2 in his career when leading going into the final round. Lahiri bogeyed the 460-yard par-4 sixth, as he landed on the green in 2 and three-putting, moving him to one-over for the round. Putnam missed an 8-foot birdie attempt on No. 18. He used eight birdies to complete the feat, including three on his final seven holes.

Andrew Putnam kept himself in contention with a three-under 67 and sits two shots adrift of Kuchar in second place.