Kuchar stays in control heading for final day in Hawaii

Kuchar stays in control heading for final day in Hawaii

Fellow American Keith Mitchell matched the day's best score, a seven-birdie 63, to jump into a tie for third with Chez Reavie (66), four shots behind Kuchar, who has made just one bogey through 54 holes. With no bogeys on his card, it even felt easy to him. "I think the frustrating thing was I felt like I was doing some good things and just not seeing results".

Armed with a three-stroke advantage with just two holes remaining, Kuchar held firm and, after a cast-iron par at the penultimate hole, he completed a comprehensive win with his 24th birdie of the tournament at the 72nd hole. "But I kept plugging along, and I knew good things were going to happen".

He recorded an 18-under 192 total, while Putnam drained a birdie at the last for a 67 to go 16-under.

"My long game, honestly, didn't feel that great", said Putnam, who closed with a 68. "I know I can't coast".

Putnam, who won his first PGA Tour title last summer at the Barracuda Championship, didn't blink until that approach into the bunker that led to his lone bogey, and he couldn't make enough putts to stay close to Kuchar the rest of the way.

The 25-year-old, whose best finish last season was a tie for 39th, was trailing clubhouse-leader Andrew Putnam but leapfrogged him after four consecutive birdies on the back nine and one final one on the par-five 18th hole.

The only other time Kuchar won twice in the same season was in 2013, when he won the Match Play Championship in Arizona in February and the Memorial in early June.

Putnam, who won for the first time previous year in the Barracuda Championship held opposite a World Golf Championship, did his best to stay in reach.

DeChambeau's round jumped him up into a nine-way tie for fifth place at 11 under, alongside the likes of Marc Leishman (68) and Charles Howell III (64).

"Apparently, I need to go buy a lottery ticket today", Reavie said.

"Last year I probably ground harder than I've done in the past", he said. He shot 76. Also missing the 54-hole cut was Steve Stricker, who will stay in Hawaii an extra week for the opening event of the PGA Tour Champions season. Teryn Schaefer presents the best social media posts from around the world of golf in "Good, Bad & Unusual" and after each day's play brings you the biggest talking points in "The Takeaway".

Svensson carded a nine-under-par 61 - highlighted by seven birdies and one eagle - to top the leaderboard at Wai'alae Country Club in Honolulu on Thursday.

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