Honolulu – US veteran Matt Kuchar shook off a gradual begin and pulled away for a four-shot victory over Andrew Putnam on Sunday within the PGA Tour’s Sony Open in Hawaii.
Kuchar birdied six of his final 10 holes in a four-under par 66 at Waialae Nation Membership in Honolulu, ending the week with a 22-under par whole of 258.
The 40-year-old four-time Ryder Cup crew member – who gained a bronze medal for america on the 2016 Rio Olympics – gained for the second time within the 2018-19 season after his victory within the Mayakoba Basic in November.
“Boy, to win two out of three occasions – it is loopy to understand,” stated Kuchar, who missed the Tour Championship final 12 months for the primary time in eight years however has now taken his tally of US PGA Tour titles to 9.
He led by two going into the ultimate spherical, three bogeys in his first 5 holes noticed the often regular Kuchar, who had only one bogey within the first three rounds, give up the result in Putnam.
“It was in no way what I used to be searching for,” Kuchar stated, including that he simply advised himself to remain assured. “A few of these bogeys – there was a three-putt and a nasty wedge shot. That is simply so uncharacteristic.”
Positive sufficient he snapped out of it.
A birdie on the ninth noticed him make the flip stage with Putnam – who had two birdies in his first 9 holes.
Kuchar added birdies at 10, 12, 15, 16 and the par-five 18th to seal the win as Putnam, who was tied for the lead after a birdie at 13, bogeyed 14 from a bunker on the way in which to a two-under 68 for solo second on 262.
“Andrew was robust,” Kuchar stated.
“He was battling me, took the lead and it was good to have that stress and are available by means of, make some birdies coming in.
“Getting that birdie on 15, getting that birdie on 16 – man that made 18 awfully good to play,” added the American, who’s now nicely on his solution to making a fifth US Presidents Cup crew.
Australian Marc Leishman had six birdies in a six-under 64 to share third place on 17-under 263 with Canadian Corey Conners and People Hudson Swafford and Chez Reavie.
Swafford additionally signed for a bogey-free 64, whereas Conners had seven birdies and a bogey in his six-under effort and Reavie closed with a three-under 67.
It was an additional stroke again to Davis Love, who completed solo seventh with a 65 for 264.
Main final-round scores on Sunday from the PGA Tour’s Sony Open in Honolulu, Hawaii (USA except famous, par 70):
258 – Matt Kuchar 63-63-66-66
262 – Andrew Putnam 62-65-67-68
263 – Marc Leishman (AUS) 67-64-68-64, Hudson Swafford 65-67-67-64, Chez Reavie 65-65-66-67, Corey Conners (CAN) 68-67-64-64
264 – Davis Love 67-68-64-65
265 – Brian Stuard 66-69-64-66, Charles Howell 69-66-64-66
266 – Sebastin Muoz (COL) 68-65-68-65, Kang Sung (KOR) 70-67-65-64, Bryson DeChambeau 69-67-63-67
267 – Patrick Reed 68-66-68-6, Patton Kizzire 67-68-67-65, Ted Potter 66-65-68-68
268 – Justin Thomas 67-68-67-66, Brandt Snedeker 66-69-65-68, Im Sung-jae (KOR) 71-64-65-68, Keith Mitchell 68-65-63-72
269 – J.T. Poston 68-66-69-66, Stewart Cink 68-62-70-69
270 – Cameron Smith (AUS) 66-68-69-67, Joel Dahmen 67-70-66-67, Ryan Armour 72-64-68-66, Brian Homosexual 67-69-68-66, Harris English 68-68-67-67, Kyle Stanley 73-64-68-65, Emiliano Grillo (ARG) 70-68-63-69