Sony Open Recap: Matt Kuchar Wins in Hawaii

By Bradley W. Smith
January 16, 2019

Sony Open Recap: Kuchar Wins Second Event in 3 Starts

Kuch does it again.

After going 4 1/2 years without a win on the PGA Tour, Matt Kuchar has now won his second tournament in just three starts after claiming victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii.  The win was his ninth career victory on the PGA Tour. 

Kuchar started the day with a two-shot lead over Andrew Putnam. But it was gone by the time they made the turn. A bogey on 14 by Putnam was just the opportunity Kuchar needed. He birdied 15 and 16 and never looked back, cruising home to a four-shot win. 

The first full-field event of 2019 featured a strong field at Waialae Country Club. 13 major champions teed it up in Honolulu. While some of the players may have treated the tournament as a mini-vacation while they knock the rust of their clubs, Kuchar served notice right from the start he was in mid-season form. A pair of 63s gave Kuchar the lead at the halfway point.  Then a pair of 66s on the weekend was more than enough to wrap up the win.  The 22-under, 258 total was a personal best for him.

Spieth Misses Cut at Sony Open

While Kuchar heads back to the mainland with a new trophy and tons of confidence, the same can’t be said for Jordan Spieth.

The three-time major champion didn’t hoist a trophy in 2018. And he appears to still be searching for answers into 2019. Spieth struggled with his irons and putting during an opening round 73.  And while a second round 66 showed improvement, it wasn’t enough to keep him around for the weekend. He admitted afterwards he doesn’t feel comfortable over the ball and didn’t sound like somebody who knew what the answer was.

With The Masters still three months away, I wouldn’t be sounding any alarm bells over Spieth missing the cut.  But it certainly bears watching as the Tour heads to California for the west coast swing.

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