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Kuchar shoots bogey-free 66 to hold Sony Open lead

14 January 2019

Putnam, who played college golf at Pepperdine and claimed his first PGA Tour victory past year in the Barracuda Championship, capped his 67 with an eight-foot birdie putt on the last hole.

The eagles helped Reavie to a 65, which he sandwiched with 66s on Thursday and Saturday to get himself into contention on Sunday. Jordan Spieth had a short week despite a 66 in second round and missed the cut by one shot. The same for Hudson Swafford. Yuki Inamori is one stroke further back after carding a 68, while Rikuya Hoshino just made the cut at 2-under, following up his opening round of 66 with a 2-over 72. He holed out for eagle three times from the fairway - a sand wedge from 101 yards on No. 10 at the start of his round; a 9-iron from 149 yards on No. 16, and a gap wedge from 135 yards on No. 6.

Chez Reavie, who is contending at the 2019 Sony Open, made three eagle hole-outs in the same round earlier this week.

"It was on a good line, and that was the only time it crossed my mind - 'Wow, could we make another one?' " he said.

Kuchar has won just twice in the dozen times he has held the 36-hole lead, but he feels with the way he is playing that he can add to his birdie count. Never expected it to go in.

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Bryson DeChambeau raced out of the blocks with three straight birdies to open and, after a blemish at the fifth, he picked up five more shots including one at the last to hand in a 63 which briefly got him into the clubhouse lead on 11 under.

"Apparently, I need to go buy a lottery ticket today", Reavie said. For now, he has to figure out how to make up four shots on Kuchar. Marc Leishman (64) and Ted Potter Jr.

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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.

Kuchar shoots bogey-free 66 to hold Sony Open lead