Kuchar two ahead in Hawaii in bid for ninth PGA Tour win

Kuchar two ahead in Hawaii in bid for ninth PGA Tour win

Kuchar two ahead in Hawaii in bid for ninth PGA Tour win

Reavie had five birdies through nine holes but after he made the turn, his scorecard was colored with three consecutive bogeys. With no bogeys on his card, it even felt easy to him. I'm awfully pleased with my game.

Putnam took the lead over Kuchar as the two began their third round. "The other two, I just hit the shot I was trying to see and it was going at the hole".

Putnam damaged his normal driver just after Christmas, and because the year's first two events are in Hawaii, equipment companies don't send their trucks, which allow players to easily replace or fix clubs at tournament sites, he had to make do.

Kuchar was sliding his way out of the top 50 toward the end of a year ago, when he failed to make a Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup team for the first time since 2009.

"Good, steady golf, " Kuchar said.


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.

At the 477-yard par-4 13th, Lahiri's tee shot went 269 yards to the right rough, his second shot went 180 yards to the right front greenside bunker, and his sand shot went 29 yards to the green where he had a two-putt for a bogey. His best season to date probably came in 2013 when he won the Memorial and the WGC-Match Play Championship en route to $5.6 million in earnings.

"I feel like my game has turned into a game that can play well at any given course", Kuchar said. Just needed to make some better swings.

Kuchar's final-round 66 put him at 22-under 258 for the tournament, with Putnam finishing at 18 under with a 2-under 68 on Sunday. He finished top five in both events, and following his win last fall at the CIMB Classic should be considered one of the players best positioned to break into the upper crust of golf as we head toward the heart of the season. Davis Love III shot 6-under 64 to join DeChambeau, as well as Charles Howell III (6 under) and Marc Leishman (2-under 68). "For me, I've never had a cushion like this coming down to the last (hole)".

He has made only one bogey through 54 holes at Waialae Country Club, and his 18-under 192 was the lowest 54-hole score of his career. He shot 76. Also missing the 54-hole cut was Steve Stricker, who will stay in Hawaii an extra week for the opening event of the PGA Tour Champions season.

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