Matt Kuchar maintains two-shot lead heading into final round of Sony Open


Matt Kuchar went more than four years without a victory before winning the Mayakoba Golf Classic in November and now he's looking for more.

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.

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

"Listen, the game of golf is not easy", Kuchar said after a 4-under 66 to take a two-shot lead over Andrew Putnam into the final round.

A sublime tee shot to three feet at the short seventh set up his second gain of the day, which was quickly followed by his third when he came within a whisker of holing from off the green for eagle at the par-five ninth.

"I was trying to think back to any round I even had more than one hole-out and I couldn't think of any", Reavie told reporters in Hawaii afterward. Needing to birdie the last four holes to qualify for the weekend, Spieth ran off two birdies, missed a 10-foot birdie putt and then narrowly missed chipping in for eagle.

"To shoot seven under back-to-back is unexpected, but awfully excited, " Kuchar said.

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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.

The PGA Tour began keeping hole-by-hole records in 1983 and no one had made three eagles in one round on par fours since. In his 2019 debut, Spieth had a 66 and missed the cut by one shot.

South African native Rory Sabbatini played his first event under the Slovakian flag, and shot a second round 67 to move to five-under overall, nine shots adrift of Kuchar.

Matt Kuchar made it look easy Saturday in the Sony Open.

No one had a more memorable round than Reavie. "I didn't find myself in any trouble".

Marc Leishman, Davis Love III and defending champion Patton Kizzire ended the day level alongside Thomas in 17th place. He likes it better when he can play a few tournaments.