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Leishman third as Kuchar wins Sony Open

Leishman third as Kuchar wins Sony Open

Spieth, who was making his 2019 debut, shot a 66 and Johnson had a 68 as they finished with a one-under 139 total. It's not often you're in full control.

Veteran Kuchar has a career-best 54-hole score in Hawaii as the American tries to win for the ninth time on the US PGA Tour.

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. It was only the second time in his career Kuchar has won twice in the same season.

Kuchar will aim for his second championship in about two months after winning the Mayakoba Golf Classic in November in Mexico. But, his standing atop the leaderboard was threatened by one-time victor Andrew Putnam.

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The victor of the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico in November, world No.32 Kuchar briefly surrendered the lead to Putnam after three bogeys in his first five holes on Sunday.

"To shoot 7 under back-to-back is unexpected, but awfully excited", said Kuchar.

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Kuchar was sliding his way out of the top 50 toward the end of a year ago, when he failed to make a Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup team for the first time since 2009. Putnam missed an 8-foot birdie attempt on No. 18. Kuchar denied the number after the third round and said the two had an agreement in place at the start of the week.

"I feel like my game has turned into a game that can play well at any given course", Kuchar said. There are a lot of good players out there. "Still got a chance".

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).

The 25-year-old won the Memorial Tournament, the Northern Trust and the Dell Technologies Championship in 2018, and moved up 30 places after mixing just one bogey with eight birdies, including three in a row on the way back to the clubhouse.

"Honestly, I didn't think about it at all until after the third one went in", Reavie added. 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.

The Sony Open is more about work than play, and he's having just as much fun.

But Kuchar edged back in front when he pitched to three feet to set up a birdie at 10 before holing from 10 feet at the 12th, although Putnam then regained a share of the lead with a clutch 20-foot putt for birdie at the 13th.