Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Kuchar stays in control heading for final day in Hawaii

Kuchar stays in control heading for final day in Hawaii

Kuchar was flawless on day three, posting four birdies without dropping a shot, to be the 54-hole leader at 18 under.

Kuchar was sliding his way out of the top 50 toward the end of a year ago, when he failed to make a Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup team for the first time since 2009.

The only other time Kuchar won twice in the same season was in 2013, when he won the Match Play Championship in Arizona in February and the Memorial in early June.

"I'm just going to stay aggressive".

Chez Reavie, after consecutive 65s, and Stewart Cink (62, with nine birdies) are joint third at 10-under 130, four shots adrift.

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The easygoing vibe in Hawaii is a ideal fit for Matt Kuchar, who spends as much as a month at a time on the islands when his schedule allows.

Kuchar, who won the Mayakoba Golf Classic in November, took home the $1.152 million winner's check with his ninth career PGA Tour victory and is the second multiple-time victor on Tour this season.

It was the ninth Tour win overall for Kuchar, 40, and it came at a fitting venue.

"I want to see how great this year can be", Kuchar said.

Even so, the performance was big for the Listowel, Ont., native, who narrowly missed a full PGA Tour card past year. You don't get many chances like that and it was nice to be there and been able to finish it off. ... 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. 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. His 64-65 weekend gave him a tie for seventh, and he now heads off to Singapore with hopes of earning a spot in the British Open.

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Matt Kuchar hits from the 13th tee during the third round of the Sony Open golf tournament Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu.

Matt Kuchar remains in control following his four-under-par 66 at Wai'alae Country Club in Honolulu.

It wasn't as easy as his four-shot victory over Andrew Putnam might indicate. He used eight birdies to complete the feat, including three on his final seven holes.

Australia's Marc Leishman finished in a four-way tie for third place at 17 under with Canada's Corey Conners and Americans Hudson Swafford and Chez Reavie.

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