Putnam's putter pulls up just short at Sony Open

Kuchar is looking for his second win of the season

Kuchar is looking for his second win of the season

Matt Kuchar kept another clean card and shot a 4-under 66 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Sony Open, with a chance to win twice in one PGA Tour season for only the second time in his career.

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.

After shooting 67 on Thursday, Leishman fired a six-under-par 64 (131) on Saturday (AEST) 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.

Putnam, who played college golf at Pepperdine and claimed his first PGA Tour victory a year ago in the Barracuda Championship, capped his 67 with an eight-foot birdie putt on the last hole.

"I feel awfully in control of what I'm doing".

"I tell people that nerves in golf are kind of like public speaking", Kuchar said.

Kuchar matched the lowest 36-hole score of his PGA Tour career. "If I just keep plugging along I know good things are going to happen".

Putnam, who won for the first time previous year in the Barracuda Championship held opposite a World Golf Championship, did his best to stay in reach. "I have to stay aggressive".

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Peter Jung, who qualified by winning an amateur tournament, played in his first PGA Tour event.

Even so, the performance was big for the Listowel, Ont., native, who narrowly missed a full PGA Tour card a year ago.

Andrew Putnam finished four strokes back in second following his 68, while Marc Leishman (64), Hudson Swafford (64), Chez Reavie (67) and Corey Conners (64) all ended in a tie for third at 17-under.

Love, who first played the Sony Open in 1986, missed by one shot matching the lowest 72-hole score of his career. He's a victor again, and for a guy who loves Hawaii, he was thrilled to already have a spot reserved at Kapalua for the winners-only field 50 weeks from now.

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.

Svensson carded a nine-under-par 61 - highlighted by seven birdies and one eagle - to top the leaderboard at Wai'alae Country Club in Honolulu on Thursday.

American star Spieth, meanwhile, struggled after opening the tournament with a three-over-par 73.

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