Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Kuchar starts Hawaii vacation with a victory

Matt Kuchar Matt Kuchar The Canadian Press
Kristopher Love | 14 January, 2019, 06:54

Then came the close. It hopped into the back bunker, and he missed an 8-foot par putt to lose the lead. He used eight birdies to complete the feat, including three on his final seven holes. Putnam went first and it rolled out to 2 inches for birdie. But, the back nine was a different story.

"It was not at all what I was looking for", Kuchar told the Golf Channel about his poor start. "If I just keep plugging along I know good things are going to happen".

"Apparently, I need to go buy a lottery ticket today", Reavie said. He was battling me.

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.

Mitchell played a bogey-free round of 63, including four straight birdies on Nos. It was a master class in lapping the field early and defending his turf late.

He never looks to be under stress, though Kuchar says looks can be deceiving.

Kuchar shot 22-under 258 for the week in Honolulu and overcame a rocky final-round start to lock up the four-shot win.

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.

Kuchar will aim for his second championship in about two months after winning the Mayakoba Golf Classic in November in Mexico. Obviously past year was disappointing, but to win two out of three events is insane to comprehend.

He returns in two weeks at Torrey Pines. About as good as it could have been without a win. He carded one under overall after rounds of 73 and a much-improved 66 in his first event of 2019.

The 26-year-old Imahira, who carded an eagle on the par-5 18th, finished the day in a tie for seventh with Hudson Swafford of the United States. Teryn Schaefer presents the best social media posts from around the world of golf in "Good, Bad & Unusual" and after each day's play brings you the biggest talking points in "The Takeaway". But I enjoy the challenge even when you're not playing well of trying to figure out shooting a score. Reavie made more eagles - three - than birdies, of which he had only one.

"Just two great days".

Canadian Adam Svensson earned a one-stroke lead after round one of the Sony Open in Hawaii, where Jordan Spieth stumbled in his first appearance of the season. "I also love the way we fought back there at the end".