Matt Kuchar Highlights | Round 3 | Sony Open 2019

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Kuchar ended a almost five-year drought when he won the Mayakoba Classic in November, his eighth PGA Tour win, and he said it was a good recent experience to have in the memory bank.

Both courses require keeping the ball in play, and Kuchar has done that well over three rounds.

Fellow American Chez Reavie is outright third after picking up four shots while Keith Mitchell is a shot further back after gaining six shots.

The 40-year-old Kuchar shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 66 to take a two-stroke lead over Andrew Putnam heading to the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club https://www.waialaecc.com in Honolulu. They were tied through seven holes until Putnam made bogey on No. 8 and failed to birdie the par-5 ninth, the easiest hole at Waialae. He would follow with five straight pars but then added birdies at Nos. Jordan Spieth had a short week despite a 66 in second round and missed the cut by one shot.

"To shoot seven under back-to-back is unexpected, but awfully excited, " Kuchar said.

Putnam remained Kuchar's closest challenger after a 67 which included three birdies over the first five holes, although bogeys at the eighth and 16th ultimately cost him his chance to share the lead overnight.

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"Last year I probably ground harder than I've done in the past", he said.

Kuchar held the halfway lead after a pair of 63s, and he made another positive start to the third round as he rolled in a confident 13-foot putt for an opening birdie before settling for a series of pars.

South African native Rory Sabbatini played his first event under the Slovakian flag, and shot a second round 67 to move to five-under overall, nine shots adrift of Kuchar.

No one had a more memorable round than Reavie.

"Apparently, I need to go buy a lottery ticket today, " Reavie said. There are a lot of good players out there. Love is not playing next week on the Big Island because he is playing the Singapore Open.

Kuchar has been one of the most consistent players on the Tour over the past few years, finishing in the top 20 in FedEx Cup standings in 2017, 2016 and 2015.

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