Sony Open 2019: Matt Kuchar, red-hot, clinches a second victory in four starts

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HONOLULU, HI - JANUARY 13: Matt Kuchar of the United States reacts on the 15th green at the Sony Open In Hawaii final at the Waialae Country Club on January 13, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Sam Greenwood / Getty Images)

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Matt Kuchar won his second victory of the 2019 season with a first place at the Sony Open.

The American entered Sunday with a two-shot lead and was 22nd under par for the tournament and sealed the win with 66 points in the final in Honolulu. Andrew Putnam finished four strokes back for second place.

After winning the Mayakoba Golf Classic, Kuchar has now tied a career high with two wins in a season.

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Before his victory in November, Matt Kuchar had made 118 starts on the PGA Tour in 1,666 winless days. With this title Sony Open, he has now won two of his last four tournaments in 64 days.

Considering that this year is just beginning, we could be ready for a huge 2019 for the 40 year old player.

Final ranking

1. Matt Kuchar (-22)

2. Andrew Putnam (under 18)

T3. Marc Leishman (under 17)

T3. Hudson Swafford (-17)

T3. At Reavie's (-17)

T3. Corey Conners (-17)

7. Davis Love III (-16)

T8. Brian Stuard (-15)

T8. Charles Howell III (-15)

T10. Sebastian Munoz (-14)

T10. Sung Kang (-14)

T10. Bryson DeChambeau (-14)

Full results available on PGATour.com

Kuchar entered Sunday with a two-run lead over Andrew Putnam, but he quickly evaporated after a few mistakes in the first few holes:

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Bogeys this week for Matt Kuchar …

First 55 holes: 1
4 following holes: 3

He now follows @ AndrewPutnam1 by 1.

Winning is difficult. https://t.co/gpQJFjUOUN

Fortunately he was able to straighten the boat from there and a birdie on No. 10 led to a tie with eight holes to play.

While competitors like Marc Leishman and Hudson Swafford climbed the rankings with good performances in the fourth round, it was a two-man race between Kuchar and Putnam.

The two birds fought alternating birdies to stay in phase while moving away from the rest of the field:

However, the round quickly turned when Putnam had his first bogey of the day at the 14th hole. A hole later, Kuchar managed a 12-foot bird putt to give him a two-time lead:

It started a series of three birdies in the last four holes when Kuchar sealed the win.

Although the course offered many opportunities for birdies, Kuchar really enjoyed it with 24 during the week. He shot 66 or more each turn and was able to stand out from the competition with his consistent play.

At the same time, the veteran Davis Love III also achieved a remarkable result, since his 16 cents ranked well for seventh place.

Bryson DeChambeau also had a good final result, placing 10th, his third among the top 10 in three official events of the season.

The PGA tour will return to the American continent next week with the Desert Classic in La Quinta, California.