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Kuchar stays in control heading for final day in Hawaii

Kuchar stays in control heading for final day in Hawaii

Armed with a three-stroke advantage with just two holes remaining, Kuchar held firm and, after a cast-iron par at the penultimate hole, he completed a comprehensive win with his 24th birdie of the tournament at the 72nd hole.

"It was not at all what I was looking for", Kuchar told the Golf Channel about his poor start.

Keith Mitchell fired a seven-under 63 and is tied for third with Chez Reavie (66) on 196.

"It was pretty tough to walk but obviously things worked out pretty well", he said.

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.




Kuchar's final-round 66 put him at 22-under 258 for the tournament, with Putnam finishing at 18 under with a 2-under 68 on Sunday.

Kuchar ran off four birdies in five holes to start his second round Friday, handled the par 5s at Waialae again and finished with another round of 7-under 63 to take a one-shot lead over Andrew Putnam.

Quote of the day: "It was nice to have that pressure, to come through and make some birdies coming in". But he steadied the ship and appeared in total control with a bogey-free 30 on the back nine. His best season to date probably came in 2013 when he won the Memorial and the WGC-Match Play Championship en route to $5.6 million in earnings. It wasn't easy because it never is on the PGA Tour, but it was simple and as low-stress as wins get. Swafford got off to a slow start but heated up with four birdies in a seven-hole stretch to entertain thoughts of potentially chasing down Kuchar and Putnam. Kuchar wobbled to a 1-over 36 on the front nine and let a whole host of players back into the festivities before making three straight 3s on the back nine and two birdies in his first three holes. He rolled in a 12-footer to move two shots ahead of Putnam, eliciting a rare fist pump from the normally placid Kuchar, and added another on the very next hole to give himself plenty of breathing room. He carded one under overall after rounds of 73 and a much-improved 66 in his first event of 2019. Obviously past year was disappointing, but to win two out of three events is insane to comprehend.

Marc Leishman (T3): It was a great two weeks in Hawaii for Leishman, too. Reavie made more eagles - three - than birdies, of which he had only one.

"I'm just going to stay aggressive". Love is not playing next week on the Big Island because he is playing the Singapore Open.