13 January 2019: In his first week of competitive golf in 2019, Anirban Lahiri worked his way into the weekend at the Sony Open in Hawaii. He shot a battling 71 on Saturday to stay clear from the knife that cut the field at 2-under 208. Even though Anirban’s third round effort was not a patch on his earlier scores of 68 in each of the first two rounds, it was enough to help him reach Sunday at 3-under. Matt Kuchar shot a 66 to add to his scores of 63-63, gaining a two stroke advantage over Andrew Putnam, who made 67.
Anirban has been playing some fluent golf this week without the scores to show for it. After scoring two-under 68 in each of the first two rounds, he made two bogeys and a birdie on Saturday, scoring 71.
Kuchar is ahead by two strokes, 18-under 192 with Putnam is chase. The two will play in the final group on Sunday at Honolulu. Keith Micthell and Chez Reavie will also harbour final round aspirations as they start at 14-under 196.
Bryson DeChambeau leapfrogged 30 spots into T5, at 11-under with Corey Conners, Davis Love III, Charles Howell III, Dominic Bozzelli, Brian Stuard, Hudson Swafford, Ted Potter Jr. and Marc Leishman. DeChambeau made a brilliant 63 in the the third round with eight birdies.