Matt Kuchar starts Hawaii vacation with a victory

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Matt Kuchar remains in control and is the 54-hole leader (18 under) at the Sony Open in Hawaii after a handful of birdies helped him retake and maintain the lead.

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. He rolled in a 12-footer to move two shots ahead of Putnam, eliciting a rare fist pump from the normally placid Kuchar, and added another on the very next hole to give himself plenty of breathing room. His best season to date probably came in 2013 when he won the Memorial and the WGC-Match Play Championship en route to $5.6 million in earnings.

"Honestly, I didn't think about it at all until after the third one went in", Reavie added.

Marc Leishman and Hudson Swafford both carded near-identical six-birdie 64s to earn a podium finish on 17 under along with Chez Reavie, who parred the opening 11 holes and birdied three of the last four to salvage a 67.

It was only the second time Kuchar has won twice in the same season. "The other two, I just hit the shot I was trying to see and it was going at the hole".

The 40-year-old is aiming for his second win in three starts on the Tour after claiming the Mayakoba Golf Classic earlier this season.

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"It's not often you feel like you know what you're doing with your swing and the ball's reacting the way you want it to and you're able to maneuver the ball the way you want", Kuchar told reporters. "They may always be there, but you get more comfortable with it".

"To win two out of three is insane to comprehend", he said. 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.

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Veteran Indian golfer painted a disappointed figure at the end of the third round in the ongoing Sony Open tournament in Hawaii as he ended the day Tied-63rd.

Putnam was two shots behind after a 67. He opened the round with birdies on each of the first three holes.

After shooting 63-63 in the first two rounds, Kuchar only needed a 4-under 66 in Round 3 to get into position for the closing kick, another 64.