Matt Kuchar seals deal at Sony Open for second win of season

Danny Lee has made the cut in his first tournament of the year

Chez Reavie, boosted by three eagles on par-four holes, something nobody had done on the PGA Tour since it began tracking such statistics in 1983, shot 65 to join Stewart Cink (62) on 10-under.

Kuchar led by two overnight and had just one blemish on his scorecard over the first 54 holes, but his customary composure slipped early on the final day at Waialae Country Club as he endured a torrid run of three bogeys in four holes. Tied for the lead with five holes to go, Putnam made bogey from the bunker on No. 14 and Kuchar birdied the next two holes to seize control.

Overlooked for last year's U.S. Ryder Cup team after an inconsistent summer, he hit the ground running in the new season and a win at the Mayakoba Classic in November, the eighth of his career, ended a five-year victory drought.

He tied third with Americans Hudson Swafford (64) and Chez Reavie (67) and Canadian Corey Conners (64). With no bogeys on his card, it even felt easy to him. You don't get many chances like that and it was nice to be there and been able to finish it off. ...

Justin Thomas - the 2017 champion - did not have much luck late, but when it did come it was certainly exciting following three-under-par 67.

Davis Love III, who first played the Sony Open in 1986, missed by one shot matching the lowest 72-hole score of his career.

The Sony Open is more about work than play, and he's having just as much fun.

The easygoing vibe in Hawaii is a flawless fit for Matt Kuchar, who spends as much as a month at a time on the islands when his schedule allows. 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. He went long of the second green, leading to bogey.

After a drive to the right side of the fairway on the 351-yard par-4 10th hole, Smith had a 100 yard approach shot, setting himself up for the birdie. He used eight birdies to complete the feat, including three on his final seven holes.

He gets another test Sunday, and Kuchar at least is equipped with recent experience.

"I anticipate needing another good round tomorrow", he said. If I keep plugging along, I knew good things would happen. He joins Xander Schauffle in the two-win club for this season and now has almost eight months to notch the first three-win season of his long, consistent and successful career.

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