Matt Kuchar Wins the Sony Open in Hawaii

By Ryan Watson

Matt Kuchar continued his career renaissance with his second win of the nascent 2018-2019 PGA Tour at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Kuchar was consistent throughout the tournament, beginning with a pair of 63s on his first and second rounds. Kuchar entered the final round with a 2-stroke lead but looked to fade after 3 bogeys on his first 5 holes. Indeed, Andrew Putnam had a 1 shot advantage entering the back-9. However, Kuchar’s clutch putting and Putnam’s own bogey on 14 allowed Kuchar to take his 9th title with score of -4. Kuchar is having a bit of a renaissance at the supposedly “old” age of 40. The win propelled him into the top-25 in the Official World Golf Rankings where he currently occupies the 22 spot. 

With all the emphasis on Kuchar's age following his win, I would be remiss to not mention the exploits of legendary Davis Love II, aged 54. Love achieved his 180th (!) career top-10 when a fourth round 65 propelled him to seventh with an overall score of -16. Davis last won a PGA Tour event in 2015 at the age of 51 to become the third oldest winner. If Davis were to win this year he would beat Sam Snead’s record as the Tour’s oldest winner at 52. Some of the younger pros might hope Love keeps to the Champions Tour. 

 

About The Author

Ryan Watson is a freelance sportswriter and history professor. He has been an avid fan of golf since his father signed him up for golf camp as a young child. Ryan enjoys following the professional game and learning about new equipment and gadgets.

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