Sony Open 2019: Matt Kuchar leads Andrew Putnam by two strokes after the third inning

HONOLULU, HI - JANUARY 12: Matt Kuchar, of the United States, recognizes the crowd as he walks on the 18th hole of the third round of the Sony Open In Hawaii at the Waialae Country Club on January 12, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Sam Greenwood / Getty Images)

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Matt Kuchar leads the Sony Open by two strokes after Saturday's match, as he beat a player under 66 to go under 18 at the tournament, which is taking place at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu.

Andrew Putnam had a 67-under three-under-16 to finish second at 16 under, and Keith Mitchell tied for the low round of the day with a defenseman under 63 and take third place at 14 under. At Reavie tied him with a under 66s.

Here is a preview of the top 10 and a brief recap focusing on the top four in three rounds.


1. Matt Kuchar: 63-63-66 (-18)

2. Andrew Putnam: 62-65-67 (-16)

T3. Keith Mitchell: 68-65-63 (-14)

T3. At Reavie: 65-65-66 (-14)

T5. Bryson DeChambeau: 69-67-63 (-11)

T5. Corey Conners: 68-67-64 (-11)

T5. Davis Love III: 67-68-64 (-11)

T5. Charles Howell III: 69-66-64 (-11)

T5. Dominic Bozzelli: 71-64-64 (-11)

T5. Brian Stuard: 66-69-64 (-11)

T5. Hudson Swafford: 65-67-67 (-11)

T5. Ted Potter Jr .: 66-65-68 (-11)

T5. Marc Leishman: 67-64-68 (-11)

* The full ranking can be found on the official PGA Tour website.

to summarize

On 54 holes, Kuchar has only one boguey.

The reason why Kuchar is at the top of the rankings is golf almost without mistakes. This trend continued on Saturday. According to, the 40-year-old hit 71.43% of his drives in the aisles or in the green and scored a staggering 88.89%.

Kuchar also participated in the Sentry Tour of Champions the week before, which may have contributed to his success this week. Jason Sobel of The Action Network has noted a trend for recent Sony Open winners:

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelTAN

Matt Kuchar will take a two-time lead in tomorrow's final round. Want to become the sixth consecutive winner of the Sony Open having played in Kapalua the week before.

Kuchar, however, can not qualify for the finish line, with Putnam leading the standings because of his white putting. Sean Martin from provided some figures:

The 29-year-old won his first tournament last season by winning the Barracuda championship.

Putnam will have to chase down Kuchar and avoid another very keen golfer, Keith Mitchell, who has gone off in tears. In addition, he is destroying the seventh hole of normal three:

Mitchell, 27, looks like a rising star: he was ranked in the top 10 of the top 10 last season, including a performance of under 19 for third place at Byron Nelson.

He shares third place with Reavie, who had three eagle holes on Friday:

Reavie used those eagles to give himself a chance to win Sunday's win, but he also impressed Saturday with his four-penny round. Despite the bogeys back to back holes 11 to 13, Reavie survived through seven birdies, including five out of the top nine.

If anyone from the fifth place squad arrives in Kuchar, it's probably Bryson DeChambeau, who is on fire recently:

DeChambeau also set a better career mark on Saturday:

He will likely have to beat that mark to defeat Kuchar, who looks set to reach his 15th professional victory.

Kuchar and Putnam will leave at 5:20 pm And Sunday. Golf Channel will provide television coverage from 18h. AND.