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Veteran Kuchar (63) knows Waialae's unique tricks

HONOLULU – Matt Kuchar’s career at the Sony Open is a story of contrasts.

In his first eight starts at Waialae Country Club, he missed the cut six times and posted just a single top-10 finish, in 2002. By comparison, in his last five starts, he’s finished inside the top 10 four times, including a tie for third in 2015.

He stayed trending Thursday when he posted a bogey-free 63 and was two strokes off the lead, alone in third place.

“I think my game has improved as well,” he said. “I definitely think I understand my game better.