Sony Open Recap: Kuchar Grabs a Victory in Paradise
Sony Open Recap: Kuchar Grabs a Victory in Paradise

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Matt Kuchar strolled up 18 on Sunday, not a care in the world. He was in Hawaii, his wife and two boys were nearby and he led the Sony Open by three strokes. He was in paradise, figuratively and pretty much literally.

It was far different some 24 hours early, when Kuchar was being grilled – at least as far as golf writers go when trying to get info out of a golfer – for allegedly low-balling his caddie in Mexico back in November, when he won the Mayakoba Golf Classic. That's a bad look for Kuchar. And it's not something likely to fully go away anytime soon. But at least briefly, it did during that Sunday stroll.

Kuchar won the Sony by four strokes over emerging Andrew Putnam at famed Waialae in Honolulu. He has now turned an out-of-nowhere win in Mexico into what could be a career renaissance at age 40. Until Mayakoba, the king of the backdoor top-10 had gone almost five years without a victory. (Kuchar's regular caddie didn't make the trip, so he hired a local looper, David Girl Ortiz, and apparently made an agreement that didn't include the standard 10 percent of the check for winning. Kuchar took home $1.296 million and on Saturday he denied a report that he gave Ortiz a paltry $3,000. Without saying how much he gave him.)

So now Kuchar, who needed about 15 years to win seven times, has won twice in two months. Right before Mayakoba he

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Len Hochberg
Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.
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