Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Kuchar claims Sony Open title

Kuchar claims Sony Open title

"I was on the outside of a couple of things, and felt like I hadn't been used to being in that situation".

Kuchar maintained his lead through the back nine as Putnam began to trail by more with a bogey on the par-4 16th.

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

Kuchar is 2-2 when he has the 54-hole lead going into the final round.

Armed with a three-stroke advantage with just two holes remaining, Kuchar held firm and, after a cast-iron par at the penultimate hole, he completed a comprehensive win with his 24th birdie of the tournament at the 72nd hole.

Putnam, who played college golf at Pepperdine and claimed his first PGA Tour victory past year in the Barracuda Championship, capped his 67 with an eight-foot birdie putt on the last hole.

Kuchar is en route for his second victory of the ongoing season on the PGA TOUR, having ended a three-year drought by winning the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico earlier this season. 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. Just needed to make some better swings. It hopped into the back bunker, and he missed an 8-foot par putt to lose the lead. Putnam went first and it rolled out to 2 inches for birdie. There are a lot of good players out there. "Still got a chance".

DeChambeau's round of 7-under 63 jumped him up into a nine-way tie for fifth place (11 under).

Kuchar was at his best on a number of putts from the 50-foot range. That added to the stress-free feeling of a round, and the overall control he feels in his game. "I have to stay aggressive".

"Last year I probably ground harder than I've done in the past", he said.

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.

It was a hard day for 11-time PGA Tour champion Spieth, who had four bogeys and just one birdie to be tied for 127th and 12 shots off the pace.

Andrew Putnam hits from the first tee during the final round of the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu. He also beat Patrick Reed and Ian Poulter, who are both only 15 years younger than Love but also played in the Ryder Cup.

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