HONOLULU — The easygoing vibe in Hawaii is an ideal are compatible for Matt Kuchar, who spends up to a month at a time at the islands when his time table permits.
The Sony Open is extra about paintings than play, and he’s having simply as a lot a laugh.
Kuchar ran off 4 birdies in 5 holes to begin his 2d around Friday, treated the par 5s at Waialae once more and completed with some other around of seven-under 63 to take a one-shot lead over Andrew Putnam.
“To shoot seven below back-to-back is sudden, however awfully excited,” Kuchar mentioned with the smile he wears for many any instance.
Kuchar was once at 14-under 126, matching the bottom 36-hole rating of his PGA Excursion profession. He additionally had a 126 in Las Vegas in 2008. Putnam, enjoying within the afternoon, had a bogey-free 65. Chez Reavie (65) and Stewart Cink (62) have been 4 at the back of.
Jordan Spieth had a 66 and overlooked the reduce via one shot in his 2019 debut after a protracted smash from golfing. Wanting to birdie the final 4 holes to qualify for the weekend, he ran off two birdies, overlooked a 10-foot birdie putt after which narrowly overlooked chipping in for eagle.
“I cherished the battle,” mentioned Spieth, who is ready to go back in two weeks at Torrey Pines. “I believe like I used to be looking to win the event looking to make the reduce, which isn’t one thing I need to get used to.”
No person most certainly had a extra memorable around than Reavie. He holed out for eagle 3 times from the golf green on par-Four holes — a sand wedge from 101 yards on No. 10 firstly of his around, a Nine-iron from 149 yards on No. 16, and an opening wedge from 135 yards on No. 6.
The PGA Excursion started preserving hole-by-hole information in 1983, and no person had ever made 3 eagles in a single around on par 4s since then. So bizarre was once this around that Reavie made extra eagles than birdies.
“It sounds as if, I wish to move purchase a lottery price tag these days,” he mentioned.
However Hawaii does now not have a lottery, so he should accept attempting to determine how one can catch Kuchar.
Cink made 9 birdies in his around. Marc Leishman (64) and Ted Potter Jr. (65) have been at 131. Adam Svensson, the first-round chief, shot 74 and is at 135.
The 40-year-old Kuchar infrequently involves Hawaii along with his spouse and two youngsters even if he isn’t enjoying golfing. He has been to 5 of the islands and plans to stick some other few weeks after the Sony Open. He likes it higher when he can play a couple of tournaments.
He changed into eligible for the winners-only box at Kapalua final week via profitable at some other seaside lodge — Mayakoba — final yr, opening with rounds of 64-64, the type of scorching get started he has had at Waialae.
Kuchar is obviously in a greater spot than when he had long gone greater than 3 years with out profitable and was once left off america Ryder Cup group for the 1st time in 10 years. He felt as though he was once grinding too laborious, and that’s not a trait he wears smartly.