Matt Kuchar leads in Honolulu after second straight 63
Matt Kuchar followed up an opening 63 with another 63 in the second round to earn a one-shot lead heading into the weekend at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
The eight-time PGA Tour winner returned to winning ways after a four-year absence at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in November, and his new-found resurgence is continuing at Waiʻalae Country Club.
After picking up six birdies in his first 14 holes, Kuchar looked to have spoiled his chances of taking the lead with his first bogey of the week at the 15th, but an impressive closing eagle at the 18th saw him leapfrog into top spot.
6️⃣3️⃣ in Round 1.
6️⃣3️⃣ in Round 2.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 11, 2019
Earlier, he’d started like a house on fire by birdying four of his first five holes.
“To shoot 7 under back-to-back is unexpected, but awfully excited,” said Kuchar, who often spends as much as a month in Hawaii at the start of the year, mixing as much work and pleasure as he can.
Kuchar’s 14-under 126 total matched the lowest 36-hole score of his PGA Tour career. He also had a 126 in Las Vegas way back in 2008.
Round 2 is complete.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 12, 2019
Lying just one shot back is Andrew Putnam after a bogey-free 65. Chez Reavie (65) and Stewart Cink (62) follow a further three strokes behind in a tie for third.
Reavie’s round was hands down the most remarkable of the day, after he holed out for eagle three times from the fairway. The PGA Tour only began keeping hole-by-hole records in 1983, and no one had ever made three eagles in one round on par 4s since then.
He admitted he started thinking about the significance of making three of them when he put himself in position on the eighth.
“It was on a good line, and that was the only time it crossed my mind — ‘Wow, could we make another one?’” he said. “The other two, I just hit the shot I was trying to see and it was going at the hole. Never expected it to go in. It’s always a surprise when it disappears.”
Further down the field, Jordan Spieth surprised everyone by missing the cut. He’d given himself work to do after a disappointing 73 on Thursday, and not even a well-played 66 was enough to see him make it to the weekend.
Needing to birdie the last four holes to stick around, Spieth birdied the first two but then missed a 10-foot birdie putt at the 17th before narrowly missing chipping in for eagle at the last.
Golf is a game of inches.
Jordan Spieth will just miss the cut in his first start of 2019. pic.twitter.com/rbIQYsVeid
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 12, 2019
“I loved the fight,” Spieth said. “I feel like I was trying to win the tournament trying to make the cut, which is not something I want to get used to.”
Collin Morikawa wins Race to Dubai as Rory McIlroy’s frustrations boil over
The Northern Irishman appeared to rip his shirt open in the recording area behind the 18th green.
Tiger Woods shares footage of him hitting balls as rehab continues
Woods was injured in a car accident in February.
Rory McIlroy takes one-shot lead into final round in Dubai after shooting a 67
England’s Sam Horsfield is just a shot off the lead, one ahead of Scot Robert MacIntyre.
Double bogey on final hole sees Rory McIlroy slip shot off the pace in Dubai
The round one leader is a shot behind Ryder Cup team-mate Shane Lowry, England’s Sam Horsfield and American John Catlin.
I’m on the right path – Rory McIlroy excited about road to next majors challenge
McIlroy is now a combined 148 under par in the £6.6million season-ending DP World Tour Championship.
Open champion Collin Morikawa determined to take chances in Race to Dubai bid
Morikawa had the chance to top the Order of Merit by winning last year’s DP World Tour Championship.
Rory McIlroy unlikely to change schedule despite new-look European Tour
The European Tour will be known as the DP World Tour from the 2022 season but Florida-based McIlroy will continue to focus on the PGA Tour.
Punter’s pointers at the DP World Tour Championship: Course and desert specialists to the fore
It’s the final week of the 2021 European Tour season and the best 50 players of the season are convening at Jumeirah’s Earth Course.
JB Hansen wins AVIV Dubai Championship to claim second European Tour title
The Dane finished a shot clear of Italy’s Francesco Laporta and Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger.