Kuchar stays in control heading for final day in Hawaii

Kuchar stays in control heading for final day in Hawaii

Having started the final round two shots in front of Andrew Putnam, Kuchar made the turn one behind last season's Barracuda Championship victor after some early struggles.

Kuchar caught him with an aggressive pitch up the slope on the par-4 10th hole.

Meanwhile, Canadian rookie Adam Svensson, who opened with a 61 to take a first-round lead Thursday, followed with a 74 to fall nine shots behind American Matt Kuchar. He ended it with another birdie on the par-5 18th, his 24th of the week.

The easygoing vibe in Hawaii is a flawless fit for Matt Kuchar, who spends as much as a month at a time on the islands when his schedule allows.

Second-placed Putnam might fancy his chances of overtaking a player whose reputation as a closer is not exactly of the highest order. Now, he has the meat of the season in front of him.

"Certainly previous year was disappointing, but to win two out of three events is insane to comprehend", Kuchar said.

The Victorian completed an outstanding week in Hawaii with a final round of 64 at Waialae Country Club to finish five shots behind the victor Matt Kuchar.

Putnam closed with a 68 and moved into the top 50 for the first time in his career.

While the PGA TOUR is getting younger and younger each year the veteran continues to adapt impressively.

Kuchar has finished inside the top 15 in each of his last six starts here, including four consecutive top-10s from 2011-2015.

Australia's Marc Leishman finished in a four-way tie for third place at 17 under with Canada's Corey Conners and Americans Hudson Swafford and Chez Reavie.

Justin Thomas (T16): Thomas had a great week from tee to green, which is encouraging from somebody I think is one of the three best players in the world right now. Kuchar's 258 total score marks a career-best and ties the 10th-best on the PGA TOUR in 72-hole stroke play events. Kuchar posted his ninth Tour victory. Love III is already the third oldest PGA TOUR victor of all time from his 2015 Wyndham triumph at 51. He won in Mexico at the Mayakoba Classic the following week, and then he won again. He went long of the second green, leading to bogey. He used eight birdies to complete the feat, including three on his final seven holes.

Matt Kuchar remains in control following his four-under-par 66 at Wai'alae Country Club in Honolulu.

Extra special to Kuchar was going up the 18th fairway with a comfortable margin. They traded birdies on the 12th and 13th, and Kuchar took over from there.

I've seen many a pre-event pick throw away far better winning chances than that held by Kuchar over the weekend so laying back and taking some profit is a no-brainer for me. "I think the frustrating thing was I felt like I was doing some good things and just not seeing results".

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