Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
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Kuchar Extends Lead At Sony Open In Hawaii

Kuchar Extends Lead At Sony Open In Hawaii

Matt Kuchar has extended his lead at the Sony Open in Honolulu adding a third round of 66 to lead Andrew Putnam by two and the rest of the field by at least four as the event heads into tomorrow's final round.

Veteran Kuchar has a career-best 54-hole score in Hawaii as the American tries to win for the ninth time on the US PGA Tour.

Winning the Mayakoba ended a long winless drought that stretched back to 2014.

Now, No. 9 could arrive just two months later.

Thanks to a round-opening bogie and a double bogie on the 4th hole, Reavie began the round 3-over and needing a miracle to keep up with leader Matt Kuchar, who posted back-to-back 63s in the tournament's first two rounds. Last season, he slipped to 76th, his worst result since being 116th in 2008.

"I loved the fight", Spieth said. "I was on the outside of a couple of things, and felt like I hadn't been used to being in that situation". He closed with a birdie Saturday to cut Kuchar's lead to just two.

"This golf course is tough". It's a challenging one.

"I was trying to think back to any round I even had more than one hole-out and I couldn't think of any", Reavie said after signing for a 5-under 65 that leaves him 10 under for the week and four off the pace. The Tour rookie is tied for 20th with a five-under 135 total. Jordan Spieth had a short week despite a 66 in second round and missed the cut by one shot.

Keith Mitchell and Chez Reavie share third place at 14-under.

Five-time PGA Tour victor Hideki Matsuyama is 10 shots off the lead, tied for 35th, after also shooting a 3-under 67.

Sabbatini, whose wife is from Slovakia, became a naturalised citizen last week, and hopes to play for that country in the 2020 Olympics in Japan.

The 40-year-old maintained his bogey-free round with a classy up-and-down from a greenside bunker at the 17th, and he was forced to lay up at the last following a blocked drive into a fairway bunker and was unable to convert another birdie chance from 15 feet.

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