Kuchar shoots bogey-free 66 to hold Sony Open lead
Matt Kuchar shot a bogey-free 6-under-par 66 to extend his lead in the Sony Open on Saturday at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu.
He'll go into Sunday's final round at 18-under 192 with a two-shot edge on Andrew Putnam, whose strong start allowed him to tie for the lead early in the third round.
The 40-year-old Kuchar was 3-under on the front side and regained the solo top spot.
Kuchar ended the round with six consecutive pars. Putnam birdied No. 18.
Kuchar will aim for his second championship in about two months after winning the Mayakoba Golf Classic in November in Mexico. He tied for 19th place last week in the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Kuchar opened with consecutive rounds of 63 this week. He excelled with the irons again Saturday, leaving himself birdie putts of reasonable length.
Putnam pulled even with Kuchar with three birdies in the first five holes. He had a shot for another birdie on No. 6, but his chip from the fringe sat just outside the cup. That would have made for birdies on three consecutive holes.
Keith Mitchell and Chez Reavie share third place at 14-under.
Mitchell played a bogey-free round of 63, including four straight birdies on Nos. 7-10.
Reavie (66), who had three eagles Friday, was 5-under through nine holes of Saturday's round. Then he went through a 3-over stretch from Nos. 11-13 and regrouped for two birdies the rest of the way.
Bryson DeChambeau made a move with 63, tying his best score on the PGA Tour. He opened the round with birdies on each of the first three holes.
He's among a cluster of golfers at 11-under.
Corey Conners, Davis Love III, Charles Howell III, Dominic Bozzelli and Brian Stuard will all begin the final round tied at 11 under. They all checked in with 64s.
Hudson Swafford (67), Ted Potter Jr. (68) and Marc Leishman (68) are also in the bunch at 11-under.
--Field Level Media
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