What it means: Kuchar started the day with a two-shot lead, but after three bogeys in his first five holes he actually found himself looking up at Putnam's name on the leaderboard. After breaking a four-year winless streak at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in November, Kuchar now has the second multi-win season of his career.
At the 477-yard par-4 13th, Lahiri's tee shot went 269 yards to the right rough, his second shot went 180 yards to the right front greenside bunker, and his sand shot went 29 yards to the green where he had a two-putt for a bogey.
Experience definitely counts for something and helps explain Davis Love III's solo seventh finish at age 54, his best result since his 2015 Wyndham Championship victory. "I was on the outside of a couple of things, and felt like I hadn't been used to being in that situation".
It was only the second time Kuchar has won twice in the same season.
"Apparently, I need to go buy a lottery ticket today", Reavie said.
Even so, the performance was big for Conner, who narrowly missed a full PGA Tour card past year.
It got a little closer than he would have liked, but in the end Matt Kuchar enjoyed a stress-free stroll down the 72nd fairway at Waialae Country Club.
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Chez Reavie (66) - who had five birdies through nine holes - fell into a two-way tie for third place (14 under) with Keith Mitchell (63).
A birdie at the ninth saw him make the turn level with Putnam - who had two birdies in his first nine holes. Along with his runner-up finish in the Sanderson Farms Championship last fall, he has almost as many FedEx Cup points as previous year when he finished at No. 130.
Justin Thomas - the 2017 champion - did not have much luck late, but when it did come it was certainly exciting following three-under-par 67.
Love, who first played the Sony Open in 1986, missed by one shot matching the lowest 72-hole score of his career.
Matt Kuchar tips his cap after winning the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu.
Kuchar ended a three-year drought by winning the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico last fall. Teryn Schaefer presents the best social media posts from around the world of golf in "Good, Bad & Unusual" and after each day's play brings you the biggest talking points in "The Takeaway". "But I kept plugging along, and I knew good things were going to happen".