Here's a recap of the last round of the Sony Open in Hawaii at the Waialae Country Club.
WINNER: Winning can be so capricious on the PGA Tour. Matt Kuchar can certainly attest to that.
The 40-year-old used a stellar rear-nine minus five players under 30 on Sunday-to score the last goal, less than 66, and seal a four-shot win at 22 under. This triumph is his ninth PGA Tour victory and his second in three months. Before this recent rise, however, Kuchar had a drought that had won more than four and a half years on the PGA Tour.
Hey, it's a crazy game.
Kuchar led after the second and third rounds before finishing Sunday, but that victory was not easy. Kuchar, who started the day with a two-shot lead, took a birdie in third with bogeys at numbers 2, 4 and 5, and even a birdie at 9 was not enough to keep him at the top. .
His first game in 36 – 1 was relegated to a one – shot deficit by Andrew Putnam, who made two birdies and no boguey on the front. The final nine was a different story.
Kuchar passed the 10th par-4 to go to level 18 and level the lead. Putnam continued the fight by eliminating a half-inch par 11 of the normal to remain co-leader. Kuchar signed a birdie for the 12th par-4 to resume the solo title at 19 under, but Putnam drew a 21-foot striker for a 13th-place birdie to return to an action.
The separation would occur during the next holes.
Putnam bugged the 14th par-4 to give Kuchar the solo title. Kuchar then jumped on that opening, scoring 13- and 11-foot putts to allow No. 15 and 16 to make a birdie to reach 21 and to open a lead of three strokes.
At that time, the tournament was underway. He was closing with a birdie at age 18 for good measure.
This is Kuchar's second win for the 2018-19 PGA Tour season, since he had already won the Mayakoba Golf Classic in November. A good golf is often a spell, but it does not make those inevitable heights less special.
Kuchar certainly benefits for the moment. We will see where he can go.
JUST MISSED: Putnam birdied three of his first 13 holes and was flawless that day. This allowed him to clear his deficit of two strokes overnight. But a double in his last five holes has compromised his chances. He settled for second place solo at age 18 after a double of 68. He was pretty much the only challenger at the back nine.
PLAN OF THE DAY: It's hard to finish at the top of the leaderboard to end your tournament. We will not try it.
J. T. Poston with shooting …
SHORT SHORT: Marc Leishman, Hudson Swafford and Corey Conners are all closer in less than 64 years to finish T-3 at 17 years old. At Reavie also places T-3. … Davis Love III, 54, closes in 5-under 65 to finish seventh in the solo at 16. Remarkable. … Bryson DeChambeau wins a T-10 at 14 under. … Patrick Reed finishes 13 for the T-13. … Justin Thomas shows the T-16 at 12 years old. … Poston's served his hole out of the T-20 at 11 under.
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