Kuchar starts Hawaii vacation with a victory

Matt Kuchar hits from the first tee during the final round of the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, at Waialae Country Club in Hon

Matt Kuchar hits from the first tee during the final round of the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, at Waialae Country Club in Hon

Matt Kuchar hits from the 13th tee during the third round of the Sony Open golf tournament Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at Waialae Country Club in Honolul

Matt Kuchar hits from the 13th tee during the third round of the Sony Open golf tournament Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at Waialae Country Club in Honolul

Andrew Putnam reacts to missing a birdie putt on the 16th green during the third round of the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019,

Andrew Putnam reacts to missing a birdie putt on the 16th green during the third round of the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019,

Andrew Putnam hits from the first tee during the final round of the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, at Waialae Country Club in H

Andrew Putnam hits from the first tee during the final round of the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, at Waialae Country Club in H

Marc Leishman hits from the 18th green bunker during the third round of the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at Waialae Country

Marc Leishman hits from the 18th green bunker during the third round of the Sony Open PGA Tour golf event, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at Waialae Country

HONOLULU (AP) — Matt Kuchar overcame three early bogeys that cost him the lead with flawless golf and two key birdies on the back nine to close with a 4-under 66 and win the Sony Open for his second PGA Tour title this season.

It wasn't as easy as his four-shot victory over Andrew Putnam might indicate.

Having made only one bogey through 54 holes to build a two-shot lead, Kuchar had three bogeys in his opening five holes Sunday and fell one shot behind Putnam. Tied for the lead with five holes to go, Putnam made bogey from the bunker on No. 14 and Kuchar birdied the next two holes to seize control.

Putnam closed with a 68 and moved into the top 50 for the first time in his career.