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Matt Kuchar leads Sony Open by two shots after 54 holes

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Rita Gibson | 14 January, 2019, 06:54

But he rallied strongly to produce six birdies in the remaining holes, including five on an unblemished back nine, to secure the $US1,152,000 winner's cheque.

"It was not at all what I was looking for", Kuchar told the Golf Channel about his poor start.

Corey Conners of Canada, who got into the field through a Monday qualifier, had a 64-64 weekend and was among four players who tied for third, though none had a serious chance of challenging what amounted to a two-player race at the top.

"It was pretty tough to walk but obviously things worked out pretty well", he said. It was only the second time in his career Kuchar has won twice in the same season.

Kuchar, 40, claimed his second win of the season - the ninth of his career - when he overcame a shaky start to post a closing four-under-par 66 and finish at 22-under 258, four shots clear of countryman Andrew Putnam (68). "He was battling me, took the lead and it was nice to have that pressure and come through, make some birdies coming in".

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Matt Kuchar tees off on the the 3rd hole during the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii golf tournament at Waialae Country Club. "I missed couple putts early but I was awfully steady, played bogey-free". It wasn't easy because it never is on the PGA Tour, but it was simple and as low-stress as wins get.

After shooting 67 on Thursday, Leishman fired a six-under-par 64 (131) on Saturday (AEST) to be alongside American Ted Potter, five strokes behind Matt Kuchar, who dazzled with back-to-back 63s for a 14-under-par two-round total of 126.

At the 417-yard par-4 16th, after his drive went to the fairway bunker Smith stuck his next shot close and carded a birdie. He also beat Patrick Reed and Ian Poulter, who are both only 15 years younger than Love but also played in the Ryder Cup. Obviously past year was disappointing, but to win two out of three events is insane to comprehend.

The 26-year-old Imahira, who carded an eagle on the par-5 18th, finished the day in a tie for seventh with Hudson Swafford of the United States. Kuchar denied the number after the third round and said the two had an agreement in place at the start of the week. "I know that I was playing well, so I tried to stay confident".

He at least made the cut, more than could be said for Jordan Spieth, who missed by a stroke despite a 66 for one-under.

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