Kuchar renaissance continues at Sony Open
January 11, 2019
By Ben Everill, PGATOUR.COM
Matt Kuchar interview after Round 2 of Sony
HONOLULU, Hawaii – Matt Kuchar certainly isn’t looking to create another win drought.
The affable veteran waited 1,667 days and 116 starts between winning the 2014 RBC Heritage the Mayakoba Golf Classic earlier this season.
If he surges forward from his comfortable 36-hole position this week at the Sony Open in Hawaii it will be his second triumph in three starts on TOUR and come just 64 days apart.
Kuchar has posted back-to-back 7-under 63s at Waialae Country Club to move to 14 under, currently one shot clear of Andrew Putnam (65) and four clear of Stewart Cink (62) and Chez Reavie (65).
“Just two great days. To shoot 7-under back to back is unexpected, but certainly awfully excited,” Kuchar said.
While the wins went missing for the lengthy stretch, Kuchar’s form did not. At least not at first.
He finished inside the top 20 of the FedExCup in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
In 2018 however Kuchar dropped to 76th in the season long race, his worst result since being 116th in 2008.
The St. Simons Island resident says he may have tried too hard last season and having the early victory this season was certainly keeping him on a high.
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Stewart Cink needed just 24 putts en route to an 8-under 62 on Friday. His stellar play on the greens has him at 10 under and within shouting distance of 36-hole leader Matt Kuchar.
Chez Reavie had a record day at Waialae during Round 2. He became the first person since hole-by-hole scoring was introduced in 1983 to have three eagles on par-4s in one round and the first person since ShotLink technology was introduced in 2003 to make three eagle hole-outs from over 100 yards in one round.
Jordan Spieth opened with a 3-over 73 but fought back to miss the cut by one shot. Despite the disappointing result Spieth is optimistic that his game is closer than people might think.
“I want to say last year I probably ground harder than I've done in the past,” he admitted.
“Close to Ryder Cup I was on the outside of a couple things and felt like I hadn't been used to being in that situation.
“So now being in good shape it's certainly a nice place to be. Freed up? I'm not sure. I still kind of attack the game the same way.”
While his record of turning a halfway lead into a victory is far from stellar at two out of 12 the 40-year-old did close the deal from this spot in Mexico recently.
He knows players can go low at Waialae but the course can also bite you if you’re not careful.
“Love the golf course. It's a challenging one. If you play well you can make birdies; if you don't you're going to make bogeys,” Kuchar added.
“The golf course gets tough when you're playing from the rough. Even if you have short clubs in your hand it's challenging.”
Matt Kuchar eagles No. 18 at Sony Open