Matt Kuchar Keeps His Score Low and Smile Bright in Leading the Sony Open

HONOLULU — The easygoing vibe in Hawaii is an ideal match for Matt Kuchar, who spends as a lot as a month at a time on the islands when his schedule permits.

The Sony Open is extra about work than play, and he’s having simply as a lot enjoyable.

Kuchar ran off 4 birdies in 5 holes to begin his second spherical Friday, dealt with the par 5s at Waialae once more and completed with one other spherical of seven-under 63 to take a one-shot lead over Andrew Putnam.

“To shoot seven under back-to-back is unexpected, but awfully excited,” Kuchar stated with the smile he wears for many any event.

Kuchar was at 14-under 126, matching the lowest 36-hole rating of his PGA Tour profession. He additionally had a 126 in Las Vegas in 2008. Putnam, taking part in in the afternoon, had a bogey-free 65. Chez Reavie (65) and Stewart Cink (62) had been 4 behind.

Jordan Spieth had a 66 and missed the reduce by one shot in his 2019 debut after an extended break from golf. Needing to birdie the final 4 holes to qualify for the weekend, he ran off two birdies, missed a 10-foot birdie putt and then narrowly missed chipping in for eagle.

“I loved the fight,” stated Spieth, who is ready to return in two weeks at Torrey Pines. “I feel like I was trying to win the tournament trying to make the cut, which is not something I want to get used to.”

No one most likely had a extra memorable spherical than Reavie. He holed out for eagle thrice from the fairway on par-4 holes — a sand wedge from 101 yards on No. 10 at the begin of his spherical, a 9-iron from 149 yards on No. 16, and a spot wedge from 135 yards on No. 6.

The PGA Tour started protecting hole-by-hole data in 1983, and nobody had ever made three eagles in one spherical on par 4s since then. So odd was this spherical that Reavie made extra eagles than birdies.

“Apparently, I need to go buy a lottery ticket today,” he stated.

But Hawaii doesn’t have a lottery, so he must accept making an attempt to determine how one can catch Kuchar.

Cink made 9 birdies in his spherical. Marc Leishman (64) and Ted Potter Jr. (65) had been at 131. Adam Svensson, the first-round chief, shot 74 and is at 135.

The 40-year-old Kuchar typically involves Hawaii along with his spouse and two kids even when he’s not taking part in golf. He has been to 5 of the islands and plans to remain one other few weeks after the Sony Open. He likes it higher when he can play a couple of tournaments.

He turned eligible for the winners-only area at Kapalua final week by successful at one other seashore resort — Mayakoba — final 12 months, opening with rounds of 64-64, the sort of sizzling begin he has had at Waialae.

Kuchar is clearly in a greater spot than when he had gone greater than three years with out successful and was left off the United States Ryder Cup workforce for the first time in 10 years. He felt as if he was grinding too arduous, and that isn’t a trait he wears effectively.

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