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

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

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

Lahiri bogeyed the 460-yard par-4 sixth, getting on the green in 2 and three putting, moving him to one-over for the round. 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.

Matt Kuchar overcame three early bogeys that cost him the lead with flawless golf and two key birdies on the back nine to close with a 4-under 66 and win the Sony Open for his second PGA Tour title this season.

Kuchar became the first multiple victor on the PGA Tour this season, having ended a drought of more than four years when he captured the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico last November. But, Kuchar closed out the front nine with two birdies in the pair's last three holes.

Kuchar struggled at the start of his round, tallying bogeys on three of his first five holes.

Five-time PGA Tour victor Hideki Matsuyama is 10 shots off the lead, tied for 35th, after also shooting a 3-under 67. Putnam briefly held the lead in the final round and finished solo second at 18 under. Kuchar came out weakly, but made the 10-foot birdie putt. "I'm sure when I think about it. a lot of good things have happened".

"I'm feeling a little let down right now", Putnam said after closing with a 68.

The win for Kuchar came amid Saturday-night allegations from current PGA Tour Champions player Tom Gillis, who tweeted that Kuchar paid a local fill-in caddie just $3,000 for his Mayakoba win.

"Apparently, I need to go buy a lottery ticket today", Reavie said.

Putnam, who won the Barracuda Championship last summer and was runner-up to Dustin Johnson at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, moves into the top 50 in the world for the first time in his career at No. 45.

"It's not often you feel like you know what you're doing with your swing and the ball's reacting the way you want it to and you're able to maneuver the ball the way you want", Kuchar told reporters.

Australian Marc Leishman had six birdies in a six-under 64 to share third place on 17-under 263 with Canadian Corey Conners and Americans Hudson Swafford and Chez Reavie. And he'll be back in Maui for the 2020 Tournament of Champions, suddenly a major player again and one who looks capable of vying for his first career major in the coming months.

"To win two out of three is insane to comprehend", he said.

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

Putnam's birdie at the third and a series of solid pars proved enough to take him into the lead, which he maintained at the turn when he matched Kuchar's birdie at the long ninth.

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