Kuchar Extends Lead At Sony Open In Hawaii

Ross Houston
January 14, 2019

After a drive to the right side of the fairway on the 351-yard par-4 10th hole, Smith had a 100 yard approach shot, setting himself up for the birdie.

Reavie shot three straight bogeys through holes 11 to 13 but recovered with seven birdies for a round of 66.

Spieth, who was making his 2019 debut, shot a 66 and Johnson had a 68 as they finished with a one-under 139 total.

"Apparently, I need to go buy a lottery ticket today", Reavie said.

The 40-year-old four-time Ryder Cup team member - who won a bronze medal for the United States at the 2016 Rio Olympics - won for the second time in the 2018-19 season after his victory in the Mayakoba Classic in November.


Quote of the day: "It was nice to have that pressure, to come through and make some birdies coming in".

"It was awfully steady and bogey free". 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.

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

He gets another test Sunday, and Kuchar at least is equipped with recent experience. But, Kuchar closed out the front nine with two birdies in the pair's last three holes. Obviously past year was disappointing, but to win two out of three events is insane to comprehend.

He'll be very comfortable over the next few weeks, remaining in Hawaii with his family for a two-week vacation.


Davis Love III (7th): Love III beat the following golfers he 1) is almost 30 years older than and 2) vice captained at the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris: Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed. Love is not playing next week on the Big Island because he is playing the Singapore Open. But I enjoy the challenge even when you're not playing well of trying to figure out shooting a score. Kuchar denied the number after the third round and said the two had an agreement in place at the start of the week.

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'm just going to stay aggressive". "I know I can't coast".

DIVOTS: Gary Woodland, who didn't shoot worse than 68 last week and still had to settle for runner-up at Kapalua, was among 10 players who missed the 54-hole cut because more than 78 players made it to the weekend.


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