Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
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Kuchar starts Hawaii vacation with a victory

Kuchar starts Hawaii vacation with a victory

Matt Kuchar continued his serene progress at the Sony Open in Hawaii as he claimed a two-shot lead after the third round.

Kuchar has been one of the most consistent players on the Tour over the past few years, finishing in the top 20 in FedEx Cup standings in 2017, 2016 and 2015.

Kuchar held the halfway lead after a pair of 63s, and he made another positive start to the third round as he rolled in a confident 13-foot putt for an opening birdie before settling for a series of pars.

The three-times major champion, speaking to himself constantly as per usual, gave himself a chance of qualifying for the weekend when he birdied the 15th and 16th, but a missed 10-footer at the penultimate hole cost him dearly.

Kuchar will aim for his second championship in about two months after winning the Mayakoba Golf Classic in November in Mexico.

A handful of golfers are tied inside the top 10, including Brandt Snedeker, Jason Dufner and Cameron Smith, who are in a seven-way tie for seventh place after shooting 66s. Thomas posted a 66 on Sunday and has now shot 68 or lower in 12 consecutive rounds at Waialae.

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. He had a shot for another birdie on No. 6, but his chip from the fringe sat just outside the cup. It's the first time in recorded PGA Tour history anyone has ever made three eagles in the same round on par-4 holes.

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.

Mitchell played a bogey-free round of 63, including four straight birdies on Nos. Chez Reavie (65) and Stewart Cink (62) were four behind. Then he went through a 3-over stretch from Nos.

Bryson DeChambeau made a move with 63, tying his best score on the PGA Tour. Friday, Mitchell had a hole-in-one on the 7th and turned around to card a birdie there Saturday sparking his round of 7-under 63. Unfortunately, he's also nearly last in putting in the field on the week. They all checked in with 64s.

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