Kuchar starts Hawaii vacation with a victory

Matt Kuchar of the United States plays his shot from the fifth tee during the second round of the Sony Open In Hawaii at Waialae Country Club on 11 January 2019 in Honolulu Hawaii

Matt Kuchar of the United States plays his shot from the fifth tee during the second round of the Sony Open In Hawaii at Waialae Country Club on 11 January 2019 in Honolulu Hawaii

Kuchar ran off four birdies in five holes to start his second round Friday, handled the par 5s at Waialae again and finished with another round of 7-under 63 to take a one-shot lead over Andrew Putnam.

Bryson DeChambeau raced out of the blocks with three straight birdies to open and, after a blemish at the fifth, he picked up five more shots including one at the last to hand in a 63 which briefly got him into the clubhouse lead on 11 under.

Kuchar will aim for his second championship in about two months after winning the Mayakoba Golf Classic in November in Mexico.

"Just two great days". He has made only one bogey through 54 holes, and he only came seriously close to one on Saturday, saving par from the bunker on the par-3 17th.

Accuracy off the tee with his trusty fade on a shortish course has worked a treat for the 40-year-old. Last season, he slipped to 76th, his worst result since being 116th in 2008.

Leader Kuchar has enjoyed a new lease of life in the early part off the 2018-19 season.

"It's such a special thing for me".

"So now being in good shape, it's certainly a nice place to be".

Matt Kuchar continued his serene progress at the Sony Open in Hawaii as he claimed a two-shot lead after the third round.

"I loved the fight", Spieth said. It's a challenging one.

American Putnam has sole possession of second place following his first-round 62 at the PGA Tour tournament, while Matt Kuchar (63) is a stroke further back. The Tour rookie is tied for 20th with a five-under 135 total.

Spieth had a 66 and missed the cut by just one shot.

Five-time PGA Tour victor Hideki Matsuyama is 10 shots off the lead, tied for 35th, after also shooting a 3-under 67.

Sabbatini, whose wife is from Slovakia, became a naturalised citizen last week, and hopes to play for that country in the 2020 Olympics in Japan.

Putnam, who played college golf at Pepperdine and claimed his first PGA Tour victory previous year in the Barracuda Championship, capped his 67 with an eight-foot birdie putt on the last hole. The 16-year-old American placed last after shooting rounds of 84 and 78.