Using his custom Tour Dept. KM-1 (Kuchar Model 1) Armlock model from the specialist milled putter manufacturer based in Tinley Park, Illinois, Matt Kuchar poured in clutch putt after clutch putt on the back 9 of Waialae Country for a final round 66 and lifting him to win the 2019 Sony Open.
The Sony Open was Kuchar’s second win in three starts to open the 2018-2019 PGA Tour season, 9th overall PGA Tour victory, and his 100th top 10 finish of his career.
Kuchar designed his 40.5” Soft Carbon Steel KM-1 putter with F.I.T. Face Technology together with master craftsman Bob Bettinardi. It features a 19” long custom Lamkin Armlock grip that he locks parallel to his left forearm for a more stable putting stroke – known as the Armlock. The pair have worked together since 2011 and Bettinardi is the only equipment manufacturer to offer an Armlock model to all golfers.
“It was Matt’s idea to try the Armlock method,” said Bob Bettinardi. “He wanted something to take the small muscles out of his putting stroke and after testing, he settled on the Model 1, because he wanted a blade-style putter with a wider body to give him a better view of the sightline when pressing forward,” he added.
The win is Bettinardi’s 1st of 2019, following an impressive 2018 season that included a company record 10 professional victories, including their third Major Championship title at The Open at Carnoustie in July 2018. Bettinardi’s growing Tour Staff includes Matt Kuchar, Eddie Pepperell, Haotong Li, Ben Silverman, Jim Herman, and Fred Couples. Bettinardi Golf is one of the fastest-growing equipment brands in golf and has become increasingly popular for its hand-crafted putters made in the USA from a single piece of high-quality steel.
KM-1 (Kuchar Model) facts:
Face Balanced Putter (Heel-Toe Weighted with no toe-hang) Soft Carbon Steel F.I.T. Face Technology 400 grams 71 Degrees of Lie 2.5 Degrees of loft
Kuchar Continues Bridgestone TOUR B Hot Streak With Sony Open Win
Fan Favorite Matt Kuchar Relies on Bridgestone TOUR B X Ball and Full Arsenal of Bridgestone Clubs in His 2nd Victory of the Season, and the 7th for the Bridgestone Tour Team Since August.
Continuing the brand’s tremendous momentum, Bridgestone Golf Tour star Matt Kuchar kicked off 2019 in much the same way he ended his 2018 golf year, winning in convincing fashion in a tropical paradise.
The win is Bridgestone’s 7th in the last 15 events played, making the TOUR B family of the balls the winningest on the PGA TOUR over the last 5 months.
This time, the victory was set against the picturesque backdrop of Waialae Country Club, as the “Smiling Assassin” took home the 2019 Sony Open in Hawaii championship, winning by 4 shots.
The win in Honolulu is Kuchar’s 2nd of the young season and 9th for his career, vaulting him into 2nd place in the early season FedEx Cup point standings.
The rundown of Bridgestone equipment used in Kuchar’s win in Honolulu is as follows:
TOUR B X golf ball TOUR B JGR 9.5-degree Driver TOUR B XD-H 18-degree 2-Hybrid J15 CB Irons (5-PW) J40 52-degree Wedge
World No. 8 Rory McIlroy has committed to play in the 2019 Farmers Insurance Open, to be played January 24-27 at Torrey Pines Golf Course.
McIlroy will be making his first appearance in the Farmers Insurance Open. The 14-time PGA TOUR winner is also a four-time major championship winner.
He joins a stellar field that also includes defending champion and World No. 11 Jason Day, World No. 1 and defending FedExCup champion Justin Rose, No. 6 and San Diego native Xander Schauffele, 2017 Farmers Insurance Open winner and World No. 7 Jon Rahm, No. 10 Tony Finau, No. 13 Rickie Fowler, No. 15, No. 16 Marc Leishman, No. 18 Jordan Spieth, No. 19 Patrick Cantlay, No. 21 Alex Noren, No. 23 Gary Woodland and No. 30 Hideki Matsuyama.
Joining Fowler and Schauffele among San Diego products committed to the Farmers Insurance Open are Torrey Pines High School graduate Pat Perez, Poway product Charley Hoffman and San Diego State University alum J.J. Spaun. Joining Day (2018, 2015) and Rahm (2017) as past tournament champions who have committed are Brandt Snedeker (2016, 2012), Scott Stallings (2014), Ben Crane (2010) and Nick Watney (2009). Young up-and-coming players to watch who have committed include PGA TOUR rookie and long-bomber Cameron Champ and 19-year-old Chilean sensation Joaquin Niemann.
The field is not final until the commitment deadline on Friday, Jan. 18 at 5 p.m. ET.