(Reuters) – Matt Kuchar, in among the finest type of his profession at age 40, vaulted to the lead after the second spherical on the Sony Open in Hawaii on Friday.
Jan 11, 2019; Honolulu, HI, USA; PGA golfer Matt Kuchar walks the primary gap throughout the second spherical of the Sony Open in Hawaii golf match at Waialae Nation Membership. Obligatory Credit score: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports activities
Kuchar birdied his first three holes on his approach to a second straight seven-under-par 63 at Waialae Nation Membership in Honolulu.
He posted a 14-under 126 midway complete, one stroke higher than fellow American Andrew Putnam, who shot a bogey-free 65.
Chez Reavie, boosted by three eagles on par-four holes, one thing no person had performed on the PGA Tour because it started monitoring such statistics in 1983, shot 65 to hitch Stewart Cink (62) on 10-under.
Canadian first spherical chief Adam Svensson plunged again to actuality with a 74 that was 13 strokes greater than his Thursday effort.
He no less than made the minimize, greater than might be stated for Jordan Spieth, who missed by a stroke regardless of a 66 for one-under.
The three-times main champion, talking to himself continuously as per typical, gave himself an opportunity of qualifying for the weekend when he birdied the 15th and 16th, however a missed 10-footer on the penultimate gap value him dearly.
Chief Kuchar has loved a brand new lease of life within the early half off the 2018-19 season.
Ignored for final 12 months’s U.S. Ryder Cup group after an inconsistent summer time, he hit the bottom operating within the new season and a win on the Mayakoba Traditional in November, the eighth of his profession, ended a five-year victory drought.
“I discovered some great things between seasons … after which issues actually heated up in Mexico,” he stated.
“I really feel awfully answerable for what I’m doing.”
The world quantity 32 stated the standard of his play had been slightly higher on Thursday, even when his scores had been the identical.
“Yesterday was slightly cleaner, discovered extra fairways. At this time (I hit) a few balls within the tough.”
Second-placed Putnam birdied his closing gap, the par-five ninth, because of a deft 30-yard pitch over a bunker and all the way down to inside three toes.
Putnam hardly had a really perfect match preparation after a bee sting to his foot on Tuesday prevented him from enjoying within the Wednesday pro-am.
“It was fairly robust to stroll however clearly issues labored out fairly properly,” he stated.
Reporting by Andrew Each in Cary, North Carolina; modifying by Amlan Chakraborty