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Matt Kuchar finishes strong to take lead at Phoenix Open

Matt Kuchar finishes strong to take lead at Phoenix Open

Matt Kuchar eagled the par-five 13th and added two late birdies and a big par save on the rowdy par-three 16th hole Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Waste Management Phoenix Open. 

Coming off a seven-week break, Kuchar shot a seven-under 64 in perfect afternoon conditions at TPC Scottsdale for a one-stroke lead over defending champion Hideki Matsuyama and Brendan Steele. 

“I was able to be home, able to be dad,” Kuchar said about the layoff. “The boys got to play basketball. Got to go to the games and it was great fun for me. My boys are 9 and 7. Getting into golf. In the afternoon, we'd sneak out and play a few holes.” 

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