Kuchar shoots bogey-free 66 to hold Sony Open lead

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Kuchar, who had been winless for almost four years until his win at the Mayakoba Classic late in 2018 now appears likely to add a 9th PGA Tour title just three months after his 8th.

Main storyline heading into Sunday: Since 2011, five players have opened a PGA Tour event with consecutive rounds of 63 or better.

It was a hard day for 11-time PGA Tour champion Spieth, who had four bogeys and just one birdie to be tied for 127th and 12 shots off the pace.

Kuchar ran off four birdies in five holes for another seven-under 63 to give him a one-shot lead over fellow American Andrew Putnam.

Thomas had four bogeys, three of which were sandwiched in between one more birdie and an eagle to close out the round.

Reavie shot three straight bogeys through holes 11 to 13 but recovered with seven birdies for a round of 66.

Kuchar used a hot putter to roll in four birdies and missed just two greens in regulation on the Waialae Country Club course in Hawaii to move to 18-under 192 overall.

After shooting 67 on Thursday, Leishman fired a six-under-par 64 (131) on Saturday to be alongside American Ted Potter, five strokes behind Matt Kuchar, who dazzled with back-to-back 63s for a 14-under-par two-round total of 126.

Kuchar maintained his lead through the back nine as Putnam began to trail by more with a bogey on the par-4 16th.

"Last year I probably ground harder than I've done in the past", he said. Yuki Inamori is one stroke further back after carding a 68, while Rikuya Hoshino just made the cut at 2-under, following up his opening round of 66 with a 2-over 72.

Five-time PGA Tour victor Hideki Matsuyama is 10 shots off the lead, tied for 35th, after also shooting a 3-under 67. 18, 1-3) with three of those birdie makes coming from outside of 12 feet.

"Apparently, I need to go buy a lottery ticket today, " Reavie said. (68) and Marc Leishman (68) are also in the bunch at 11-under.

Putnam stayed within striking distance without playing his best.

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