Matt Kuchar Keeps His Score Low as well as Smile Bright in Leading the Sony Open

HONOLULU — The easygoing vibe in Hawaii can be a perfect fit for Matt Kuchar, who spends as much as a month at a time on the islands when his schedule allows.

The Sony Open can be more about work than play, as well as he can be having just as much fun.

Kuchar ran off four birdies in a few holes to start his second round Friday, handled the par 5s at Waialae again as well as finished with another round of seven-under 63 to take a one-shot lead over Andrew Putnam.

“To shoot seven under back-to-back can be unexpected, although awfully excited,” Kuchar said with the smile he wears for most any occasion.

Kuchar was at 14-under 126, matching the lowest 36-hole score of his PGA Tour career. He also had a 126 in Las Vegas in 2008. Putnam, playing from the afternoon, had a bogey-free 65. Chez Reavie (65) as well as Stewart Cink (62) were four behind.

Jordan Spieth had a 66 as well as missed the cut by one shot in his 2019 debut after a long break coming from golf. Needing to birdie the last four holes to qualify for the weekend, he ran off two birdies, missed a 10-foot birdie putt as well as then narrowly missed chipping in for eagle.

“I loved the fight,” said Spieth, who can be set to return in two weeks at Torrey Pines. “I feel like I was trying to win the tournament trying to make the cut, which can be not something I want to get used to.”

No one probably had a more memorable round than Reavie. He holed out for eagle three times coming from the fairway on par-4 holes — a sand wedge coming from 101 yards on No. 10 at the start of his round, a 9-iron coming from 149 yards on No. 16, as well as a gap wedge coming from 135 yards on No. 6.

The PGA Tour began keeping hole-by-hole records in 1983, as well as no one had ever made three eagles in one round on par 4s since then. So odd was This specific round of which Reavie made more eagles than birdies.

“Apparently, I need to go buy a lottery ticket today,” he said.

although Hawaii does not have a lottery, so he will have to settle for trying to figure out how to catch Kuchar.

Cink made nine birdies in his round. Marc Leishman (64) as well as Ted Potter Jr. (65) were at 131. Adam Svensson, the first-round leader, shot 74 as well as can be at 135.

The 40-year-old Kuchar sometimes comes to Hawaii with his wife as well as two children even when he can be not playing golf. He has been to a few of the islands as well as plans to stay another few weeks after the Sony Open. He likes of which better when he can play a few tournaments.

He became eligible for the winners-only field at Kapalua last week by winning at another beach resort — Mayakoba — last year, opening with rounds of 64-64, the kind of hot start he has had at Waialae.

Kuchar can be clearly in a better spot than when he had gone more than three years without winning as well as was left off the United States Ryder Cup team for the 1st time in 10 years. He felt as if he was grinding too hard, as well as of which can be not a trait he wears well.