Kuchar Extends Lead At Sony Open In Hawaii

Matt Kuchar leads the way in Hawaii

Matt Kuchar leads the way in Hawaii

Kuchar wobbled to a 1-over 36 on the front nine and let a whole host of players back into the festivities before making three straight 3s on the back nine and two birdies in his first three holes.

"To shoot seven under back-to-back is unexpected, but awfully excited", Kuchar said.

American Kuchar - who is chasing his first win since November - remains in control following his four-under-par 66 at Wai'alae Country Club in Honolulu.

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

Kuchar gave a small fist pump as his golf ball dropped down the center of the cup, his lead over Andrew Putnam three shots large and victory all but secured at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

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

He'll go into Sunday's final round at 18-under 192 with a two-shot edge on Andrew Putnam, whose strong start allowed him to tie for the lead early in the third round. Putnam missed an 8-foot birdie attempt on No. 18. Five 3s in your first seven holes on the back nine with the tournament in the balance is a nice way to close a two-week stay in Hawaii.

"It was not at all what I was looking for", Kuchar told Golf Channel of his start.

"I feel like my game has turned into a game that can play well at any given course", Kuchar said.

The PGA Tour only began keeping hole-by-hole records in 1983, and no one had ever made three eagles in one round on par 4s since then. He holed out for eagle three times from the fairway - a sand wedge from 101 yards on No. 10 at the start of his round; a 9-iron from 149 yards on No. 16, and a gap wedge from 135 yards on No. 6. Reavie made more eagles - three - than birdies, of which he had only one.

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.

After shooting 67 on Thursday, Leishman fired a six-under-par 64 (131) on Saturday (AEST) to be alongside American Ted Potter, five strokes behind Matt Kuchar, who dazzled with back-to-back 63s for a 14-under-par two-round total of 126.

Bryson DeChambeau tied his career low round of 63.

Also tied for fifth were Charles Howell III and 54-year-old Davis Love III, who had one of his better putting rounds. "I have to stay aggressive".

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