Sony Open in Hawaii. Kooch Captures The Title.

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Matt Kuchar captures the Sony Open in Hawaii title at  Waialae Country Club.Kuchar claims second win of the season at Sony Open in HawaiiKooch and Trophy / getty

Matt shot a final round -4 under par 66 to win the Sony Open in Hawaii by four strokes at -22 under par, despite throwing in a three putt;

“It was so uncharacteristic of me, but I kept plugging along, and I knew good things were going to happen.”

” To win two out of three is crazy to comprehend.”

“I want to see how great this year can be.”

Andrew Putnam was second at -18 under par, poor putting gave him a last round score of -2 under 68;

“I just felt like I was seeing the line and speed really well.”

“I usually die my putts in and play a lot of break.”

“On these greens that’s what you got to do. I felt like I was rolling it right on my line and felt really comfortable on the greens.”

Four players were then tied in third place at -17 under par, Marc Leishman, Australia, -6 under par 64 today, Cory Conners, Canada, also -6 under, Chez Reavie, -3 under 67 and Hudson Swafford with another -6 under.

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Sony Open in Hawaii. Kooch Keeps Ahead.

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Matt Kuchar keeps ahead in the Sony Open in Hawaii holding onto the top spot on the leaderboard after 54 holes at Waialae Country Club. Kuchar holds 54-hole lead at Sony Open in HawaiiKooch / getty

Kooch carded a bogey free third round -4 under par 66 to maintain his lead in the Sony Open in Hawaii with a 54 hole total of -18 under par, a two shot lead over the field;

“Good, steady golf, it felt easy out there. I didn’t find myself in any trouble.”

“I anticipate needing another good score tomorrow, I know I can’t coast.”

“I’ve got gray hair, listen, the game of golf is not easy.”

“It’s not often you’re in full control. Those times you’re not in full control, you’re faced with a lot of situations where golf is going to find a way to stress you out and test you.”

“I’ve been through it. But I enjoy the challenge even when you’re not playing well of trying to figure out shooting a score. I enjoy that challenge.”

Andrew Putnam is in second place, a third round -3 under 67 keeping him in touch with the leader with a tournament total of -16 under par,  the final round coming tomorrow;

“Didn’t feel as easy as the first two days, still played a good round.”

“Still got a chance.”

Tied in third place at -14 under are Keith Mitchell, -7 under 63 today, and Chez Reavie with a third round of -4 under 66.

There is then a huge group at -11 under, including Bryson DeChambeau who shot -7 under 63 today after a poor putting round Friday, after which he went straight to the practice putting green;

“I wasn’t going to leave until I figured it out.”

“It means we’re going in the right direction, it’s just frustrating that it didn’t happen Thursday.”

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Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open. Charley Hull Wins.

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Charley Hull from England wins the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi.Charley & Trophy / getty

Charley shot a final round -3 under par 69 to claim her second Ladies European Tour victory the  Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open with a final total of -8 under par, with a wire to wire win. Very windy conditions made putting difficult;

“I’m very happy with my round. I left a lot of putts out there today, but it’s hard to putt when it’s windy like this.” 

“It was windy all three days really and especially on the second day. Today the wind got up in the end and it was a tricky finish, especially the 18th hole.”

“It feels really good to be back in the winner’s circle again.”

“I’ve practiced really, really hard over the winter and it feels great to win back on the LET, especially since I had my first pro win in Morocco five years ago.”

“Hopefully I can get a few more wins this year and I’ve been practicing really hard so it shows that my hard work is paying off.”

Second place went to  Marianne Skarpnord, Norway, with a last round -4 under par 68 giving her a -7 under tournament total;

“Every time I was in contention last year, top three, five, ten, I shot over par on the last round. I kind of had a goal today that I was going to shoot under par and if I did that, then I’d be very happy.”

 “I holed a couple of putts on the back nine and played pretty good.”

Tied in third place, a long way back at -3 under were five ladies, Caroline Hedwall, Sweden, Anne Van Dam, Netherlands, Nicole Broch Larsen, Denmark, Luna Sobron, Spain and Jodi Ewart Shadoff from England.

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Sony Open in Hawaii. Kooch Leads.

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Matt Kuchar leads the Sony Open in Hawaii after 36 holes at Waialae Country Club in Hawaii by one shot.Kuchar fires second-straight 63 at Sony Open in HawaiiKooch / getty

Kooch has carded consecutive rounds of -7 under par 63 to lead the Sony Open in Hawaii by one shot at -14 under par;

“Just two great days. To shoot 7-under back to back is unexpected, but certainly awfully excited.”

 “I want to say last year I probably ground harder than I’ve done in the past.”

“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.”

“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.”

“The golf course gets tough when you’re playing from the rough. Even if you have short clubs in your hand it’s challenging.”

Andrew Putnam is one shot back at -13 under par after his second round -5 under 65.

Chez Reavie, -5 under 65 today, and Stewart Cink, -8 under 62 share third place at -10 under par.

Chez remarkably had more Eagles than birdies in his round,  no one had ever made three eagles in one round on par fours since records began;

“It was on a good line, and that was the only time it crossed my mind, Wow, could we make another one?”

“The other two, I just hit the shot I was trying to see and it was going at the hole. Never expected it to go in. It’s always a surprise when it disappears.”

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

Players who will spend the next couple of days at the beach after missing the cut here, set at -2 under, are some notables, Zach Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson and Adam Scott.

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Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open. Charley Still In Front.

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Charley Hull, England, is still in front of the pack at a very windy Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi.Charley / getty

Charley carded a second round of even par 72 in windy conditions to stay on top of the  Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open leaderboard, by just one shot;

 “It was really tough out there today.”

“To give you an example, I flushed a 7-iron 118 yards on hole 17. The pin was 120 yards and I still came up short.”

“I usually hit that club 165-170 yards, so that is a ridiculous wind.”

“It was lucky that we had Tifdwarf Bermuda grass on the greens, because in the UK the ball would have been oscillating.”

“I’ve still got loads to work on for tomorrow’s round but I feel good with where my game’s at. Hopefully it’s not as windy, because my new irons are going super spinny, so it’s not ideal in this wind.”

Holding second place at -4 under is Jodi Ewart Shadoff. England, a very decent second round of -2 under 70 has got her in position to challenge for her first Ladies European Tour victory, good putting helped her cause;

“Shooting 70 today definitely felt much lower than the previous day.”

“It was brutal and I hit 16 greens, which was really solid for these conditions. I hit two good putts on 16 and 17 which really helps.”

“I had a 7 iron into 16 from about 129 yards, straight into the wind and I holed about a 15 footer. On 17, it was about the same yardage and same size putt, so two decent putt lengths.”

Marianne Skarpnord, Norway, -2 under 70 today, Cajsa Persson, Sweden, -1 under 71, and Luna Sobron, Spain, with an even par 72 round, all share third place at -3 under for the tournament.

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Sony Open in Hawaii. Adam Svensson Leads 1st Round.

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Adam Svensson of Canada leads the Sony Open in Hawaii after the 1st round at Waialae Country Club. 

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Adam recorded a first round -9 under par 61 to top the Sony Open in Hawaii leaderboard by just one shot, the Web series rookie had this to say;

“I really do think the Web has helped me a lot just with nerves and know how to play the game pretty much, how to get around, how to score, stuff like that.”

“It’s huge. The Web, obviously traveling to different countries and just getting to know what have to do each week.”

“Winning on the Tour is extremely hard because you have to go so low. I think that mentality out on the PGA TOUR is the great thing to have.”

Andrew Putnam, USA is in second place, he fired a 1st round -8 under par 62, with a very hot putter, to top the leaderboard for a while, before Adam came in;

“The putter was hot, it was getting a little ridiculous out there.”

“The hole was very large and the ball was going in. It was fun.”

“I actually putted really well last week at Kapalua. I think I was second in putting so I think it’s just carryover. Hitting my lines.”

“Funny thing was I didn’t get a practice round out here, so I was a little bit up in the air with the speed of the greens. For some reason it just felt right.”

Matt Kuchar, USA, holds third place at -7  under;

“I feel good about my game. I love coming here and I love the state of Hawaii.”

“I love playing golf here. It’s a treat, and this is certainly a fun place to be.”

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Ladies European Tour. Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open, Charley Hull Leads.

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Charley Hull of England leads the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open after the first round at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi.

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Charley shot -5 under par 67 to lead the first round of the  Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open by two shots, with good putting being the key;

“I played pretty steady and holed a few putts and then on my back nine, I plodded along.”

“I was hitting good putts, which lipped out, so the highlights were on my front nine.”

“The newer irons are not quite where I want them to be. They are spinning loads and I don’t really like it.”

“I’ve changed my set of irons this week and I’m trying them out but they are going a club shorter so I’ll change back to my old ones when I get home.”

“I’ll practice my punch shots and figure out how to keep them low.”

 Nicole Broch Larsen, Denmark, and Luna Sobron from Spain share second place at -3 under par after opening rounds of 69.

Luna was happy to sink a putt with the flagstick still in;

“On the 17th, I made a birdie, with the flag stick in on the green, a strange new rule, but it was a 15 meter putt.”

“I enjoy playing in the wind and I like to play on Scottish courses, so I feel very comfortable in these conditions.”

“The weather is really good. It’s too cold in Spain now so I prefer to start the season here with a great tournament.”

Nicole needed to give herself a good talking to;

 “I got off to a bad start to say the least. I hit some bad shots and couldn’t find the rhythm.”

“On the back nine, I said, Nicole, try what you’ve been working on the last couple of days, and I started to hit some better shots and gained some confidence, so it was a lot more fun.”

“It’s playing tough and you’ve got to hit good shots. I was good at judging the wind on the back nine.”

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