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Tuesday November 24th, 2020 3:48PM

Kuchar builds early lead at Sony Open

By The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) — The easygoing vibe in Hawaii is a perfect fit for Matt Kuchar, who spends as much as a month at a time on the islands when his schedule allows.

The Sony Open is more about work than play, and he's having just as much fun.

Kuchar ran off four birdies in five holes to start his second round Friday, handled the par 5s at Waialae again and finished with another round of 7-under 63 to build a four-shot lead among the early starters.

"To shoot 7 under back-to-back is unexpected, but awfully excited," Kuchar said with the same smile he wears for most any occasion.

Kuchar was at 14-under 126, matching the lowest 36-hole score of his PGA Tour career. He also had a 126 in Las Vegas a decade ago and wound up as the runner-up. He was four shots ahead of Chez Reavie (65) and Stewart Cink (62).

Reavie didn't get too caught up in his round either, though he conceded he might appreciate it more when it dawns on him what he did.

He holed out for eagle three times from the fairway — a sand wedge from 101 yards on No. 10 at the start of his round; a 9-iron from 149 yards on No. 16, and a gap wedge from 135 yards on No. 6.

The PGA Tour only began keeping hole-by-hole records in 1983, and no one had ever made three eagles in one round on par 4s since then. Reavie didn't think all that much about it until he piped a drive on No. 8 and hit a wedge that covered the flag.

"It was on a good line, and that was the only time it crossed my mind — 'Wow, could we make another one?'" he said. "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."

So odd was this round that Reavie made more eagles than birdies, and the one shot that made him think the ball might go in the hole led to a par.

"Apparently, I need to go buy a lottery ticket today," Reavie said.

That would be a good idea, except Hawaii doesn't have a lottery. For now, he has to figure out how to make up four shots on Kuchar.

Cink made nine birdies in his round of 62. Marc Leishman (64) and Ted Potter Jr. (65) were at 9-under 131

Jordan Spieth would settle for a round like that. He was playing in the afternoon and probably needed a 65 just to make the cut in his 2019 debut.

Kuchar sometimes comes to Hawaii with his wife and two kids even when he's not playing golf. He has been to five of the islands, and plans to stay another few weeks after the Sony Open. He likes it better when he can play a few tournaments.

He became eligible for the winners-only field at Kapalua last week by winning at another beach resort — Mayakoba — last year, opening with rounds of 64-64, the kind of start he has enjoyed at Waialae.

Clearly, the 40-year-old is in a better spot than when he had gone more than three years without winning and was left off the Ryder Cup team for the first time in 10 years. He felt as though he was grinding too hard, and that's not a trait he wears well.

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